Sergi Roberto: Barcelona paid dearly for not getting a second goal

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: Sergi Roberto of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Guillermo Maripan of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou on August 18, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Sergi Roberto believes that Barcelona’s inability to add a second goal was what ultimately cost them in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Leganes

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho gave the Blaugrana a 12th minute lead with a superb volley into the bottom corner of the net.

However, Barcelona were unable to add a second with captain Lionel Messi coming closest by hitting the crossbar with a curling effort.

And Leganes made sure Barcelona would pay a dear price for their inability to finish off the game with Nabil El Zhar scoring a 51st-minute header from close range to level the scoreline for the hosts at the Butarque stadium.

Then a poor clearance from Gerard Pique handed Oscar Rodriguez the chance to fire home another goal for Leganes just two minutes later to give Barcelona their first defeat of the season.

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“We knew we had to score the second goal or things would get complicated. This ground gets right behind their team. That showed,” Roberto told the club website.

“We need to be self-critical, try to get better and turn our minds to the next game.”

Sergio Busquets added: “We have to be more solid. We need to work harder to try to get better.”

Barcelona will next face Athletic Bilbao in another La Liga game on Saturday.