Luis Enrique reacts to Barcelona's first loss of the season

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Saturday was a night to forget for La Liga's defending champions Barcelona as newly promoted Alaves pulled off a shock victory at the Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique had raised a few eyebrows with his team selection at the start of the match with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba all on the bench from the first whistle.

The Barcelona boss came under fire as his gamble failed and goals from Deyverson and Ibai Gomez were enough for Alaves to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

It was a surprisingly lacklustre performance from Enrique's men but Spanish publication AS have revealed the manager's relatively calm reaction to their first defeat of the campaign.

Barcelona's stars reported to training on Sunday and were more than likely expecting a detailed review of the previous night's performance, however, they were met by a relaxed Enrique.

The Spanish boss reportedly reassured his players he still had faith in their abilities and - despite accepting the blame for the loss in the media - admitted squad rotation will be necessary throughout the season for the team to be successful.

Enrique has been praised in the past for the way he handles the big characters in his dressing room and avoided any discussion regarding the specific individual or tactical errors which led to the defeat.

Just three games into the new season, it's too early to write off the Catalan giants and even with Enrique's softly-softly approach, you wouldn't expect a repeat performance from Javier Mascherano and co.

Given the hectic fixture list in September, they will be chomping at the bit to rectify their mistakes when Celtic come to town in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Brendan Rodgers should be warned, a hurting Barcelona team will take some stopping, particularly if Messi and Suarez return to the starting line up.

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