La Liga 2016-17: Deportivo 2 - 1 Barcelona: 5 Talking Points

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13 March, 2017

"We struggled from the start", Luis Enrique said.

Ten of the Barca squad that played in that energy-sapping victory also had minutes against Depor on Sunday, but Pique said fatigue can not be used as reason for the reverse.

"Watching us in the build up to the game, it was clear that [beating PSG] would cost us", the coach told the media.

"Only someone who has lived what we lived this week can understand what it means, but professionals need to know how to cope with these situations", said Luis Enrique. "We have to accept this defeat and remember there's a lot of games left".

But the hosts went one better from the resulting corner, Ter Stegen failed to gather Javier Mascherano's attempted clearance, allowing Joselu to thump in from close range.

The win could have been even more emphatic for Deportivo when Faycal Fajr went clean through on goal but fired his shot straight at Ter Stegen.

Suarez equalized less than a minute into the second half with a right-foot strike after Gomes' attempt was blocked.

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Alejandro Arribas saw his header come back off the post, but once again having survived the initial threat, Barcelona conceded from the resulting corner.

Impressive Depor are now four matches unbeaten under new boss Pepe Mel, this victory opening up an eight-point gap on the relegation zone.

Real Sociedad's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a hit after a home loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby.

However, Alex Bergantinos secured all three points with a header in the 74th minute to leave Real one point behind Barcelona with two games in hand.

Seventh-placed Athletic got on the board with a 28th-minute penalty kick converted by Raul Garcia and added to the lead with Inaki Williams in the 56th after a mistake by defender Alvaro Odriozola.

"At this point of the season, against teams that need points, it's hard".


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