Even if Alves says there is no excuse, a coach has to have one at the ready and Luis Enrique had just that as his men failed to mount a comeback.
Barcelona lost the first leg of the Espana Supercopa to Athletic 4-0, with the Catalans hoping to mount a comeback in the second leg, but Pique’s red card hurt their chances.
Barcelona were ahead by one goal in the first half, thanks to Messi after which Pique got red carded in the second half and Athletic equalized.
Enrique feels that Pique’s exit early in the second half hurt their chances of getting the sextuple in a calendar year.
Enrique who was hoping to get the sextuple and mirror the feat which Guardiola accomplished in 2009.
But unfortunately for Enrique he won’t be mentioned as one of the best and not compared with Guardiola.
“I think we played very well,” Luis Enrique told reporters post-match.
“We got Athletic doubting and I could see our opponents were starting to worry. That’s what we were after in this game. We competed and made a huge effort.
“But it all ended when Gerard Pique was sent off.”