‘Barca’s situation still good’

Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez pointed out the club’s ‘situation is still good’ despite losing El Clasico to Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the late winner to end the Catalans’ 39-game unbeaten run despite Los Blancos going down to 10 men when Sergio Ramos was dismissed.

“Of course [losing] bothers us but it’s part of football. Professionals know when there are such great players, any little detail can make you win or lose,” Fernandez said, AS reports.

“We have to keep working, keep doing things right. There are games left and we’re in a favourable situation and this must give us maturity to move forward.

“These things happen in football sometimes. They have good players and you can win any time. Today we weren’t so successful, but there are only a few games in the season and the situation is good. We depend on ourselves.”

Fernandez was asked if he felt Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were affected by the ‘FIFA virus’ that hits players after international duty following a below-par display.

“It’s always there. The games are accumulating, especially with the form we’re in,” he said.

“We don’t want to look for any excuse. The result is what it is and we have to think about what’s next.

“We’re in a very favourable situation. This is something that happens in football. You know you can always have a bad day. We want to reach the end of the season winning the championship.”

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