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31.08.2008 21:44

No luck in Los Parajitos

Jordi Clos

Bojan Krkic, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Martín Cáceres all agreed with each that while Barcelona could not play their game, they were unlucky not have taken something from the match against Numancia.

After turning 18 last Thursday, Krkic was hoping for an opening day win in Los Parajitoes, but instead was left to reflect on a 1-0 reverse. "It is a surprising defeat, we really did not expect it," he said. "We did not play well. It was one of those games where you have a lot of chances and just cannot score. On another day we can play that and score half of the chances.

"But it is nothing to worry about as it is only the first game of the season. We needed to open up the game, but it is something that we can work on as it is only August and we have time to correct things."

Bellow are the thoughts of some of the other players.

Andrés Iniesta

"We have not made the best start and there were times when it was difficult for us to play our game and they scored with their only chance."

"Making a winning start is always better. We have to correct things."

"We have to look at what we have done well and what we have done badly. We created chances playing our way, but we just could not score."

Xavi Hernández

We have made a poor start to the league by losing but we tried everything. We were unable to move the ball like we hoped to, but we created a lot of chances and only needed one to go in."

"We worked hard in Los Parajitos. It was the perfect game them as they scored early on and it was just unlucky for us."

"Our philosophy was clear. Only the result was missing."

Lionel Messi

"Hitting the post was a shame."

"Playing badly we created a lot of chances and we were just unfortunate not to score."

"They left us very little space and we were not able to play our game."

"We are not worried. We have not had the luck we had in pre-season."

"I felt fine after my rest and I am only disappointed about the score."

Martin Cáceres

It is a shame. We had opportunities, but we did not have any luck in front of goal."
No luck in Los Parajitos
Márquez, Messi and Cáceres to Madrid
After the game against Numancia, the trio of Rafa Márquez, Lionel Messi and Martín Cáceres travelled by car together to Madrid where they will catch flights to join up with their international squads for the forthcoming round of games.

Touré Yaya and Carles Puyol had to undergo an anti-doping test before catching the team bus back to Barcelona.

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