Barcelona lost in UEFA Champions League play to an Ajax Amsterdam team they should’ve beaten. They were without prolific scorer Lionel Messi and five other regular starters.
“Yes, we lacked intensity,” Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino said, via Canal Plus. “They were very quick, very precise. In all areas of the play they were better. In the areas we had some good chances, but to play games of this type you need to put in more. The team played badly in all areas — we made a mistake as a team. They were better than us in that way. The team who puts in more intensity will always win.”
He also thought that since the Barcelona had already punched their ticket to the knockout round, they might have slacked off and taken their opponents lightly.
“Unconsciously maybe we thought this game was not so important,” he said. “You cannot just play for 45 minutes. In the last 16, quarters or semis, a half like that would leave you out of the competition. The second part was not brilliant either, but we provoked errors in our opponent and created two or three very clear chances. There could also have been a second penalty, but in the end Ajax were comfortable playing with 10.”