We didn’t deserve draw against Atletico Madrid – Luis Enrique

We didn’t deserve draw against Atletico Madrid – Luis Enrique

Barcelona manager Luiz Enrique has admitted that his team were lucky to escape defeat against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, February 7, at Camp Nou.

However, the 46-year-old insisted that his side deserve to be in the Copa del Rey final for the fourth consecutive season.

Luis Enrique says Barcelona didn’t deserve draw against Atletico Madrid

Luis Enrique says Barcelona didn’t deserve draw against Atletico Madrid

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Speaking after the game, Enrique said his team deserves to be in the final because of what they have done in the competition before tonight.

He said: "It was tough and difficult, but we have to be very happy.

"Evidently not because of how we played, but because the team is continuing to make history.

"The result is deceptive. Across the 90 minutes we did not deserve this result, but we deserve to be in the final because of what we've done in the competition before tonight.

"We made too many mistakes here. We didn't have quality when we were on the ball, but so much happened at the end that I will have to analyse the game properly but we have to improve."

He added: "The tension of the game took its toll.

"It's not normal that we lose so many balls. But I have complete confidence and faith in my players and in finding solutions.

"All the good things and all the bad things are the responsibility of the coaches. Look at the forest, not the trees. Look at the forest, it's leafy and beautiful...

"We are where we are with players missing, with the schedule we have. There are many positives."

Kevin Gameiro cancelled out Luis Suarez's first-half goal in an action-packed 1-1 draw at Camp Nou as Barcelona progressed 3-2 on aggregate.

Gameiro had earlier missed a penalty, too, and Diego Simeone's side came close to taking the tie into extra time late on.

There were also red cards for Suarez and Sergi Roberto - who will both now be suspended for the final pending possible appeals and another for Atletico's Yannick Carrasco.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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