Barcelona suffered a shock 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona suffered a shock 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Athletic Bilbao in theSupercopa de Espana.

This first leg match was expected to see the Catalan club in full swing after the recently captured the UEFA Super Cup to the growing list of trophies. However, manager Luis Enrique opted for an inexperienced the starting line-up in order to keep his first-team players fit for the new la Liga season. This move backfired immediately after Barcelona were second best in all areas of the game. The team made several high-profile defence were mistakes that were key towards this defeat and midfielder Iniesta did not offer any excuses.

He also ruled out the possibility of a comeback in the second leg, which will take place shortly. Even though Barcelona have been scoring goals at will, Iniesta feels that this advantage will prove very superior for the losing finalist of the Copa del Rey 2015. It was Barcelona who beat Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey last season. The prospects of winning a sextuple have been thrown out of the window following this defeat. Barcelona will still hope to lift mid-season trophies like the FIFA Club World Cup and more.

“Problems with conceding goals are never the fault of the individual, but of the whole team. Everything turned out horribly wrong for us but nothing is impossible, we need to believe in the comeback and, starting from there, we’ll see what happens. We made many mistakes and we have been penalised with a heavy loss. When things do not go your way you have to improve and not let it happen again,” said Iniesta. The most important thing that shocked Barcelona was that they were not able to make an impact even with Lionel Messi on the pitch.