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Luis Enrique, Barca's 3-2 loss to PSG my fault

IT'S ALL ON ME: Luis Enrique shoulders blame for Barca's 3-2 loss to PSG

October 1, 2014 By Ali M.
The 44-year-old boss took responsibility for the Catalan giants' Tuesday defeat to the Ligue 1 holders in the Champions League, their first loss of the season

Catalan giants Barcelona entered Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain undefeated.

And despite the fixture being an away tie for the Blaugrana, many favored the Liga BBVA side to clinch a victory, with Les Parisien' stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, and Ezequiel Lavezzi all missing out on the game due to injuries. 

However, Luis Enrique men came out losers. A first loss of the season was inflicted upon the Blaugrana, as Lionel Messi and Neymar all made the score sheet, but were unable to cancel out goals from David Luiz, Marco Verratti, and Blaise Matuidi in Barcelona's 3-2 defeat. 

After the game though, the club's 44-year-old coach refused to put blame on any particular player, shouldering responsibility for the loss, but Enrique did admit his players failed handle the pressure well.  

Ligue 1 champions handed Barca a 3-2 defeat in the Champions League, on Tuesday

Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, David Luiz, Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta

"The explanation for our defeat is quite clear," Enrique told reporters. "We were up against a rival who are at the same level as us, and they handled the pressure better than we did. 

"Tonight we didn't play as well as we had hoped. We had a few clear chances at the end when we could have equalised. But I cannot say that it's an unfair result although a draw wouldn't have been too unfair either. 

"We committed basic mistakes when conducting the ball out of our half and that was what caused the dead ball moves from which PSG scored. It was something we knew could happen. 

"Sometimes it's inevitable – it's a catalogue of mistakes. It's not easy to correct but it's an area we are aware of." 

Newly signed German goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen was given a nod over Claudio Bravo, but was at fault for Paris Saint-Germain's second goal of the night. However, Luis Enrique was not keen on singling out the 22-year-old custodian, saying:

"I don't usually give individual assessments of players' performances. Defeat is down to all of us – and first in the line to blame is me. 

Marc Andre Ter-Stegen was found guilty for Marco Verratti's goal, which put the home side 2-1 up before the break

Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves, Marco Verratti, David Luiz,   

The German goalkeeper was later blasted on Twitter

Well, not by everyone at least

"I am the coach and the responsibility is mine. The players had a good attitude tonight, it wasn't our most productive day in terms of our finishing; we will analyse what went wrong and what we did well."

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