Celta Vigo outplayed us, says Barcelona's Javier Macherano
Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the quality displayed by his former club Celta Vigo as they thrashed the European champions 4-1 on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi reacts to Barcelona's loss to Celta Vigo at the Balaidos Stadium in Vigo on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Enrique's men had arrived in Galicia with a 100 percent record in La Liga, but were well beaten as goals from Nolito and John Guidetti either side of a double from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas sealed a famous night for Celta.
"When a team has been better than you there is no more to add," said Enrique, who took charge of Celta during the 2013-14 season before joining Barca. "I prefer to be beaten by a team that plays like Celta, without any traps and purely on football grounds."
Barca have now conceded four goals in a game three times in just nine matches this season. However, Javier Mascherano claimed it was being outplayed that concerned him more than last season's treble winners' defensive woes.
"It always hurts to lose at Barca. We have a thick skin and all we can do now is think about Saturday and remember what happened last season," said the Argentine. "There can be a day when the opponent is better and beats you to every ball. Part of it is our fault and part of it is to their credit. We don't have any excuses.
They beat us soundly and we have to keep working. The most worrying thing is that we feel outplayed."