Luis Enrique laments Barcelona mistakes

Luis Enrique tries to get his point across at Balaidos

Luis Enrique tries to get his point across at Balaidos

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hopes his La Liga champion will learn the lessons from its shock 4-1 defeat to Celta Vigo.

The holder saw its 100 per cent start to its title defence come undone at Balaidos as Iago Aspas scored twice alongside further goals from Nolito and John Guidetti.

Neymar was on target 10 minutes from time for the Catalan side but it mattered little for Luis Enrique’s side, which was fully punished for an out-of-sorts display, especially at the back.

“I’m not happy to lose 4-1. I’ll evaluate and analyse it but it’s a test to show how difficult it can be,” the Barca boss told reporters.

“All that remains is to congratulate Celta. They played a very complete game, in terms of effectiveness and their football.

“We suffered a lot in the individual battles – the first goal for Nolito went in the top corner but the second was our mistake.

“This result will be useful to tell us that it costs a lot to win – I prefer it when a team wins like Celta did, playing well. They’re one of the more attractive [teams].

“We already knew if we committed mistakes we were going to be made to pay for them.”

Meanwhile, Javier Mascherano voiced his concern with Barcelona’s stunning loss, claiming Celta Vigo outplayed the reigning La Liga champion.

It was the third time Barca conceded four goals in a game this season, having been humbled 4-0 by Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de Espana and 5-4 against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.

Speaking post-match, Mascherano said: “The opposition not only beat us, they also outplayed us, which is worrying.

“Their players beat us one-on-one and they are worthy winners.

“It always hurts when we lose. This is nothing new to us, we’re seasoned veterans.

“The best thing to do is turn the page, focus on Saturday’s game and putting in a good performance.”

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