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Gerard Pique: We'll get out of this situation

Pique is confident of a return to form (©GettyImages)
Pique is confident of a return to form (©GettyImages).

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has admitted he was disappointed with the club's loss to Real Madrid, but is confident they can return to winning ways in the upcoming fixtures.

Barcelona were beaten 2-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, their third defeat in four games following losses to AC Milan in the Champions League and Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, but Pique is confident of a return to form.

"We were a little better today than we were at the Nou Camp, but we have to give a lot more of ourselves," he told reporters after the match. "We weren't fluid like we usually are and we're missing certain things.

"We've had these bad moments when we won a lot of titles, but we have to end this poor streak as soon as possible. I don't think it's the right moment to criticise out style of play, we've secured a lot of good results with it.

"We're confident that we'll eliminate Milan, but first we have to defeat Deportivo. We have the right team to get out of this situation."

In Saturday's Clasico, Lionel Messi equalised shortly after Karim Benzema's opener, but Sergio Ramos secured the win for Real Madrid with a header in the final 10 minutes. Barcelona remain at the top of La Liga, 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 13 ahead of Jose Mourinho's side.

Stand-in coach Jordi Roura was pleased his side's effort and believes they deserved at least a point from the game.

"We have to be pleased with the team's attitude," he said in a post-match press conference. "We had our chances of winning points. We're coming off of a fairly difficult week and we had to play in a difficult stadium and the team fought until the end.

"It was a very complicated match. The team worked hard and we had our chances. It's obvious, however, that the result counts."

He added: "We tried to always have control of the match and I think we did that throughout most of the game. But perhaps we weren't solid enough in the first minutes, when Madrid were strong and very dangerous.

"Real Madrid's style is to take advantage of your errors and that's why it was important to retain control."

Roura also bemoaned a decision not to award his side a penalty for a foul on Adriano in added time.

He said: "The images are sufficiently clear and eloquent."

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