Luis Suárez and coach Ernesto Valverde are worried about FC Barcelona's mediocre series in away matches. A 2-0 loss at Granada meant a new disappointment for the Spanish top club on Saturday night.
"This is a defeat that worries us and hurts. We need to be critical of ourselves to improve," said Suárez, who lost points in the league with his team for the third time.
"It became difficult because we soon fell behind and we did not create much. We need to find out why this always happens in away games. We worry and we must become more effective."
Earlier this season, Barcelona lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao and a draw was made to visit Osasuna (2-2) and Borussia Dortmund (0-0 in the Champions League).
"These competitions are crucial in the battle for the title," said Suárez. "In previous years we often decided within an hour. We really have to improve, otherwise it will be a long and complicated season."
Valverde feels responsible
Coach Valverde spoke words of similar meaning after the loss at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes in Granada. "I feel responsible for this defeat. We have not claimed the victory," said Valverde, 55.
"Of course I am worried because we are not playing well. If that is the case in four consecutive games, then it is not an incident. Whether we are missing players or not, we are simply not good at away matches."
Valverde saw that Frenkie de Jong could not leave his mark. "Frenkie or Sergi Busquets were always released under pressure, but we were unable to dictate. That must be better, because it happened to us at Dortmund and Osasuna."
After five rounds of play, Barcelona occupies seventh place in La Liga with seven points. The next match is Tuesday, when Villarreal comes to visit Camp Nou. Four days later a final with Getafe follows.
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