Luis Enrique said Barcelona must use its Clasico defeat to Real Madrid as a learning experience while admitting that Carlo Ancelotti’s men were the better team on Saturday. Though Barca took an early lead through Neymar, a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and second half goals from Pepe and Karim Benzema condemned the Spanish giant to its first defeat of the season, as well as its first goals conceded.
“The defeat makes it clear that they are as good as us or, as today, better,” Enrique admitted. “And we have to realize that. You can win or what happened today can happen. There wasn’t much difference between us. We started well in the first half but once we scored we suffered. We could have made it 2-0 but it was a half of give and take. The second asked more of us and we were punished.”
He added: “The opponent was better and the opponent deservedly beat us. I don’t think we’re deflated. We stopped creating chances because of our rival. The second goal is an attacking set-piece and they took advantage. The third goal was from our error. We were punished on the counter and it did us a lot of harm.”