Luis Enrique wants Barcelona to use their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid as a learning experience and said there wasn’t much between the teams.
Barca took the lead through Neymar but a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and second half goals from Pepe and Karim Benzema condemned the Catalans to a first defeat of the season.
“The defeat makes it clear that they are as good as us or, as today, better,” Enrique told reporters, Terra Deportes reports.
“And we have to realise that. You can win or what happened today can happen.
“There wasn’t much difference between us. We started well in the first half but once we scored we suffered.
“We could have made it 2-0 but it was a half of give and take. The second asked more of us and we were punished.
“The opponent was better and the opponent deservedly beat us.
“I don’t think we’re deflated. We stopped creating chances because of our rival. The second goal is an attacking set-piece and they took advantage.
“The third goal was from our error. We were punished on the counter and it did us a lot of harm.”