Barcelona boss Setien reacts to first defeat

Barcelona boss Quique Setien has slammed his team for their first half display in their 2-0 defeat to Valencia in La Liga – their first against Valencia since 2007.

In a post-match interview shown on Barcelona’s official website, Setien said: “I think in the first half we were frankly poor.

“We weren’t positioned well, we didn’t have that precision, that ability to wait. They had five or six chances on the counter-attack.

“We have to evaluate a lot of things from the first half. I don’t think we played well at all in the first half. There are things that we didn’t really understand – perhaps I didn’t explain them properly to the players.

“I think perhaps we need to understand things in a bit of a better way.

“It’s true that in the second half we were able to have more space and get forward more. We had four or five chances. Some of them were really clear and we could have got into the game that way.

“But then unfortunately we weren’t able to get the goal and then they scored the second on the counter and then it was really difficult.”

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