Suarez names main reason behind Barca struggles at San Mames
- Barca forward reckons lack of communication prevented the team from showing their best in the first half.
- In addition, he believes that Athletic had a better situation as they didn't have the midweek game.
"In the first half we suffered from a lack of communication," Suarez said right after the game against Athletic Club. "This is something we have to correct, we lost possession and didn't talk to each other. We have, though, played a lot of matches and that was a boost for them since they were more rested, but we did create chances."
Barcelona played Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the year on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey having just three full days to recover and prepare for the trip to Bilbao. Athletic Club do not play in the Spanish Cup since the middle of January when they were eliminated by Sevilla losing 2-3 on aggregate. Thus, the Basque side had eight days between their last game against Real Sociedad on February 2nd and Barcelona clash.
Valverde: “Fatigue? If you win, fatigue is not there and if you do not win, it seems to be a handicap. We come from an intense week, but we do not want to put that as an excuse.” pic.twitter.com/55zcqFHL6y— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) February 10, 2019
Barcelona drew Athletic Bilbao 0-0 at San Mames in the 23rd round of La Liga. The Catalans failed to create any danger in front of Iago Herrerin's goal except for Lionel Messi's shot that was denied by the bar in the first half. On the other end, Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to save his team twice after Basque players' shots to give his side a chance to win the match. The team looked tired and sluggish with Messi not being 100% ready, Dembele returning from an injury and Suarez, Vidal and Coutinho simply not having their best day.
Thus, Barcelona go six points clear at the top of the table with Real Madrid in the second place. Los Blancos have beaten their neighbours Atletico on the 23rd Matchday 3-1 getting ahead of Diego Simeone's side. Barcelona's next match takes place on February 16 as the Catalans face Real Valladolid at Camp Nou in the 24th round of the league. At the same time, Real Madrid will take on Girona at home.