Barcelona players say they lacked intensity

Sep 5, 2013; San Jose, COSTA RICA; General view of Nike soccer balls at United States training session at Estadio Nacional in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Barcelona was upset by Ajax Amsterdam on the road in UEFA Champions League play. Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas suggested that his team lacked intensity and weren’t “hungry.”

“It seemed we were not there in the first half,” Fabregas told Marca. “We lacked intensity, we lacked hunger, it went badly for us. We ran a lot, but we ran badly. They got behind us, and the defeat came from there, but if we could choose, it is better to lose a game when the result does not really damage us too much.”

Defender Gerard Pique agreed.

“We played a horrible first half,” Pique said, via ESPN FC. “There is no excuse, it was a disaster. What happened in the first half can’t happen again. The attitude wasn’t right, the whole team know that.”

“Ajax were a lot more intense than us,” he added. “In the first half they were far better, and you can’t give one half away in Europe.”

Xavi Hernandez was more optimistic and promised that the intensity would be back.

“We just have to congratulate Ajax,” Xavi told AS. “They pressed us very high up, they were on top of us whenever the ball was there to be won. We must have intensity from the start, and in San Mames there will be another test for us. We are going to go for it with everything there, with the intensity that we were missing today.”

Topics: Barcelona

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