|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 11:20:46|
Barca stunned by defeat at Deportivo
Barcelona have been knocked off top of La Liga standings on Sunday as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna before Real’s 2-1 win over Betis, reports Reuters.
Barca beat PSG 6-1 on Wednesday to win 6-5 on aggregate, scoring three goals in the final seven minutes.
"After a huge effort like on Wednesday, with all the adrenaline and excitement, it's tougher to compete," said Pique.
"We weren't able to play our game the way we like."
Former Real Madrid youth trainee Joselu gave Deportivo a deserved lead in the 40th minute after an error from Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen although Luis Suarez restored parity in the 46th with a powerful drilled effort.
Depor defender Alex Bergantinos headed Deportivo back in front in the 74th minute and Barca, who were without Neymar through a thigh injury and clearly missed the Brazilian's creative impetus, failed to react.
Suarez was denied a second equaliser by a brilliant save from Deportivo goalkeeper German Lux and suffered a first defeat in 20 league games since they were beaten 4-3 at Celta Vigo, also in Galicia, on Oct 2 last.