"We thought it would be a tough game because of everything that's gone on".
After thumping Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 earlier in the week, FC Barcelona had their title hopes dented, after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening.
Barca could be knocked off from the top of the standings by Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane's side beat Real Betis in Sunday's late game.
And they did exactly that, with Luis Suarez notching his 20th league goal of the season, finishing well from inside the box in the first minute of the second half.
With Deportivo coming into the game unbeaten in three matches since Pepe Mel took charge at the start of the month, this was always going to be a hard fixture.
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"We lacked clarity in the final few metres and it's a shame because this game was crucial to keep our confidence high and for our rivals to see that we mean business", he added.
Suarez was denied a second equaliser by a brilliant save from Deportivo goalkeeper German Lux and suffered a first defeat in 20 league games since they were beaten 4-3 at Celta Vigo, also in Galicia, on October 2.
"We didn't have the fluidity we needed to overcome their deep defending". The Brazilian sent in an inviting cross from the left flank and as Morata's run to the first post distracted the Betis defenders, the Portuguese sensation was left unmarked and he calmly headed home to score an equaliser to put the momentum firmly in the hosts' favour. We didn't have the necessary fluency to overcome their style but we were growing and ended up making mistakes.
"I have trust in the experience of my players to know that we have a lot at stake", said Luis Enrique on Saturday.
Also, Barcelona have failed to win the league title after the the last four times they lost at the Riazor in La Liga.