The form tables turned on Tuesday evening in Catalonia, however, with the hosts recording a pivotal 2-1 victory over their Basque visitors.
“It was a good first half,” he said. “We were very good with the ball and we pressed well. We had chances and the 2-1 at half-time was less than we deserved.
“The second half was complicated by the quality of our opponent. It was a game of great intensity. We created good chances, but so did La Real.
“You can’t control a game for 90 minutes. When you have to defend, you defend. We dealt with it impressively. By showing this attitude our victory was deserved.”
The result means Barcelona are now fifth in La Liga, six points behind Atletico, La Real and Madrid in the top three.
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