Luis Enrique was notably agitated during the press meet following Barcelona‘s 4-0 humiliation against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, but he also confessed the Catalans were certainly inferior in their shock defeat.
Two goals from Angel Di Maria and one each from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani leaves Luis Enrique’s boys with a mountain to climb in the second leg at the Camp Nou next month.
Speaking to TV3 just after the match, the Barca boss said to reporter Jordi Grau: “I don’t like your tone and I would have liked the same treatment all the times we have won that I am getting tonight when we haven’t,” he said at the end of the broadcast with Grau.
It’s nothing new, Luis Enrique has had a tense relationship with the media ever since he took charge as Barcelona‘s manager, despite the fact he’s won eight trophies in two-and-a-half years.
His complaints on Tuesday were actually in part related to the fact that he believes there is a completely different agenda when the La Liga giants face defeat as opposed to when they win, when he thinks he rarely receives credit.
However, Enrique had no such complaints regarding his team’s defeat as he appeared in his post-match news conference shortly after.
“It was a disastrous game,” he admitted. “It’s not difficult to explain. PSG were better than us from the start. They overcame our pressure and they were better with and without the ball. We were clearly inferior.
“I’m responsible for this so don’t look for anyone else to blame. The responsibility falls solely on me. These players have given us a lot of joy.”
However, the Barcelona boss still counting on an unlikely comeback when the two teams meet again on March 8.
“There’s half the tie to go and I won’t lose hope, even though it will take a heroic comeback,” he added. “Why not dream?”