Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino was disappointed with his side’s first domestic loss of the season.
“This side are not used to this kind of situation. Barcelona are not used to losing two matches in a row,” Martino told ESPN.
Athletic Bilbao’s second half winner by Iker Muniain and a solid defensive performance denied Barca the chance to go three points clear ahead of title rivals Atletico Madrid and also allowed their rivals Real Madrid to close the gap to three points.
Sunday’s loss was Barca’s second loss in one week, after they had already left the Amsterdam Arena with a 2:1 defeat in their bags in midweek.
“We came here to rectify the match in Amsterdam. In light of that I think it’s a shame we didn’t get any points.”
Despite the loss Martino was satisfied with his team’s performance. “I think the first half of my team was one of the best performances in La Liga this season.”
Martino was convinced Barca created enough chances. But without Lionel Messi they were not able to break Bilbao’s defence.
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