Sampaoli: Barca deserved win

Jorge Sampaoli admitted Barcelona “deserved” their 2-0 victory over Sevilla in Sunday’s Supercopa first leg as he rued his side’s lack of firepower in attack.

Sevilla face an uphill struggle to win the Supercopa after they failed to respond to away goals from Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi in the second half, and while Sampaoli refused to concede defeat so soon, he acknowleged the Andalusians’ season “starts on Saturday”.

“We had ​​a very good first half but were bettered [by Barca] in the second. They deserve the victory,” the Coach said after the game.

“It’s the only game that we haven’t scored in [since I arrived]. It’s not an issue of needing a striker. We must always work on scoring [goals].

“We didn’t threaten our rivals enough in the second half. We didn’t take our chances and gave them the option of countering us.

“We came [into the match] on the back of playing Madrid, we have injuries and we’ll play every three days, so we’ll see who’s fit for the return match.

“The second leg is there for us and we’ll go to Camp Nou for it, but we have to be aware that the start of the season is on Saturday.”

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