Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova downplayed his squad's first loss of the season to Real Sociedad (3-2) saying, "It had to happen one day."
The Catalan coach credited the game played by Real Sociedad, reminded the media that "every pitch has its difficulties" and chose to credit his opponents rather than criticize his own squad.
Vilanova didn't think the loss would stay with his players who have a mid-week game, as they are "used to playing with pressure and always go out to win."
He also refused to buy in an talk of panic after two consecutive games without a win, a tie against Malaga in the Copa y la Real and the La Liga loss, as he pointed out that the tying and losing goals scored against his team came in the last stages of each game.
Striker Pedro lamented the loss, especially with Barcelona's bright start.
"It's a pity to have lost," he said. "We started well and were dominating the game and controlling the result. But in the end the explusion (of Gerard Pique) had a lot to do with the result."