Barcelona were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night following a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in a quarter-final encounter.
Head coach Quique Setién admitted Barcelona have 'taken a step forward' despite their dramatic loss to Bilbao. Defender Sergio Busquests put the ball into his own net in the stoppage time from Ibai Gomez's cross which saw Bilbao advance to the semis of the tournament.
Setien was more focused on the positives as his side suffered the third loss in its last seven matches.
"Taking into account what has happened to us in other games from home, we have taken a step forward in terms of what we have to improve," he said after the match.
"It is the same as ever; there are days when you have one chance and put it in, and there are days where you have ten and can’t do it. There isn’t a reasonable explanation. I have never known what to blame it on. Their goal came from a play that wasn’t dangerous. There are things that can’t be controlled and this is one of them. Everything went well, except for the result. I am happy with the team’s work."
"We controlled the second half. Marc-Andre [ter Stegen] didn’t have any saves to make and it was a shame because we had the game under control. We created several clear chances and they got the goal when there was no time for us to react. We looked good and we were the better team. We didn’t win but it will come. It is a pity the competition doesn’t give us the chance for revenge but we must be positive despite not deserving to be eliminated."
The Spanish giants will now put their focus on the Laliga when they take on Real Betis on Sunday.