Luis Enrique stated Barcelona’s “very poor” overall performance in Turin was the cause his side exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage after losing 3-0 on aggregate to Juventus.
The Catalans’ coach saw his 15-game European winning streak at Camp Nou come to an finish as Juve’s stubborn defence held firm to record their fifth straight Champions League clean sheet.
Luis Enrique felt his side did sufficient to win around the night but noted it was normally going to be difficult to generate a repeat of their miraculous comeback overall performance in the last round against Paris Saint-Germain, when 3 targets in the last seven minutes saw Barca via.
“I could not define our Champions League campaign in a single word,” Luis Enrique told BeIN Sports.
“A quite poor first leg in Turin has put us out. I will remember a whole lot of moments from that game in Turin.
“Two teams have been playing to attack, a single out of necessity, but [Juve] have not just locked themselves in. I will stick using the attitude of my players and with the fans. The fairest outcome would happen to be a win.”
Barca’s interest now turns to Sunday’s Clasico clash against Actual Madrid because the LaLiga title race enters its final stretch, with Luis Enrique’s side three points behind the leaders, who also possess a game in hand.
“We possess the option of finding in to the league title race, with a direct duel against the very first placed group,” Luis Enrique stated.
“Anyway, I like getting at a club as ambitious as this. We normally prove our label as favourites. It’s a night to become proud of.”