Martino blames intensity on first Barca defeat

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Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted his side may have taken their eye off the ball having already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League as they lost for the first time this season 2-1 away to Ajax on Tuesday.

“It is always possible to lose and we need to analyse more how the team played in the first 45 minutes than the defeat. That is when Ajax made the difference and won the game,” Martino said.

“We lacked intensity, it is clear that they were quicker, more precise, superior in the one against ones, they were better in all aspects.

“When a team plays well like Ajax did and you lack this intensity, the opponent is always going to win.”

“Probably there is a situation where we thought we were qualified and subconsciously relaxed a little.”AFP



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