Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has given credit to Real Sociedad following their shock 3-2 defeat on Saturday night.
Sociedad brought Barca's unbeaten run this season to an abrupt halt with a memorable comeback after the Catalans had gone 2-0 up.
Lionel Messi and Pedro had struck for the visitors but Gerard Pique was sent off and Sociedad clawed their way back into the game before netting a dramatic late winner.
"Credit to Real Sociedad. Their win is more due to their merit, rather than us not playing well," said Vilanova after the game. "I have nothing to reproach the players for.
"At half-time, I told Pique to be careful, as his next foul would most likely result in a second caution.
"Even if his sending-off was for a clear foul, there must have been 200 other cases similar to his tonight. I don't have to add more."
The result means that Barca have now failed to win at Anoeta in three consecutive season, and captain Carles Puyol was quick to praise the home side.
"We should have scored more in the first half, but even if we had a 3-0 lead, it would not have been over, they have a great team," the veteran defender said.
Xavi echoed his sentiments: "It's a pity, we could have gone up with Messi's shot against the post in the first half. The loss had to happen one day though, let's move on."