La Liga: Luis Enrique blasts Barcelona after Real Sociedad draw
Enrique blasts Barcelona after 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad; says team were fortunate to get a point after displaying worst show under his watch
Barcelona's Neymar (right) helps Lionel Messi to his feet during their La Liga tie vs Sociedad in Donostia, Spain yesterday. Pic/Getty Images. Inset: Luis Enrique
Madrid: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lamented what he described as the worst display of his time in charge as the Catalan giants escaped with a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Barca have now failed to win in their last eight visits to San Sebastian, but for once the slip-up felt like a victory as Sociedad dominated from start to finish. "The draw is positive because we take a point from a match in which it was practically impossible to take a point," Enrique said.
"Real Sociedad were infinitely better than us with and without the ball. They won all the battles. It is almost a miracle that we took a point." Barca avoided defeat at Anoeta for the first time in five seasons, but fall six points adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid ahead of their meeting in El Clasico next weekend. "As almost always happens here Real got the better of us and if someone was watching the game without seeing the colour of the shirts they would think the other team was Barca," added Enrique.
Barca failed to muster a shot on target in the first-half and didn't even make it into the Sociedad area until the 41st minute. However, it took 53 minutes for Sociedad to go ahead when a hobbling Gerard Pique, playing with a heavily strapped ankle, failed to clear Willian Jose's weak header off the line.
Yet, just six minutes later, Neymar sprinted clear on the left and his cross was buried into the bottom corner by Lionel Messi. "Playing like this it will be very difficult to win the league," said Pique. However, Enrique insisted Barca's league challenge is far from over with just 13 games played and two meetings with Madrid to come.
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