PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 20 - 20 Jan 2013 (14.00 UK)
Real Sociedad 3 - 2 Barcelona
Estadio Municipal de Anoeta

Tito Vilanova insisted he had 'no complaints' after his side lost, whilst Philippe Montanier admitted he was ‘proud’ of his players.

The Blaugrana lost 3-2 to Real Sociedad on Saturday night, ending their 23-match unbeaten run.

But the 44-year-old has admitted that losing is just a part of football.

“I have nothing to complain about,” he told a Press conference. “This is football. When we play teams that play well, we do not mind.

“I do not believe that the loss will affect my players. My boys are used to playing under pressure and always want to win.

“Sometimes defeats can be a positive thing. We realise that there is still a long way to go in this League.”

The French Coach meanwhile conceded that even though Tito Vilanova's side had Gerard Pique sent off in the second half, it was a deserved win.

“I am really proud of my team,” he told a Press conference. “We have tried everything to win and have fought hard.

“Hopefully this win will give us confidence to take the next leap forward.

“Even when we were 2-0 down, my boys never gave up. We were fantastic. That win is a gift to the fans.

“Barca are a great team, even with 10 men,” he added. “They could play the entire season with 10 men.

“We knew we had to play a great game to win, and that's exactly what we did.”


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