Barcelona defender martin Montoya says Barcelona are “screwed up” mentally following their 1-0 loss to Granada at the weekend.
The defeat compounded a horrid week for the Spanish champions as they have lost ground on the title race and mid-week were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.
Barca boss Gerardo Martino was missing several key players during the Granada clash, with Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra, Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol all out with an injury and Dani Alves, Xavi, Jordi Alba and Alexis Sanchez left out of the starting eleven.
Yacine Brahimi’s strike in the 16th minute was all that separated the two sides and it gives Granada a vital boost in their race for survival. The result left Barcelona with ground to make up following Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s wins.
Montoya realises that he and the other players are hurting after the two consecutive losses: “Mentally we’re pretty screwed up,” he told the club’s official website.
“We could have won but we couldn’t capitalise on our chances. We gave it our all but in the end it wasn’t possible.
“We will fight for the league until the end, we still have games left and hopefully our rivals lose points.
“I ask the fans to support us on Wednesday (against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. We want to dedicate a victory to them.”
And Spanish international Andres Iniesta went on to suggest that the Catalan side are currently only taking backward steps, a major concern: “Sometimes it’s hard to find an explanation, we did everything we could to score,” he said.
“It’s a step backwards. We made a mistake in the play that led to their goal and that really hurt us.
“It hurts to take this backward step at this point in the league, when there’s so little left for the year to be over.”
By Phil Wellbrook