Luis Enrique: It all ended when Pique was sent off
The 45-year-old believes Athletic were worried prior to the sending-off but was quick to congratulate Ernesto Valverde's side on their win
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique feels Gerard Pique's dismissal in the return leg of the Supercopa de Espana effectively ended their hopes of winning the sextuple in 2015.
Athletic recorded a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on Monday to defeat Barcelona on aggregate following last week's 4-0 win at San Mames.
Barca had their work cut out from the first minute after losing the opening leg, but Lionel Messi set about reducing the deficit with a trademark goal approaching half-time.
Pique's 56th-minute red card then dashed their hopes, though, as Athletic responded 16 minutes from time through first-leg hero Aritz Aduriz to end a 31-year trophy drought.
The defeat denied Luis Enrique the chance to equal Pep Guardiola's record of six titles in a calendar year, yet the Barca boss had no issues with his side.
"I think we played very well," Luis Enrique told reporters post-match.
"We got Athletic doubting and I could see our opponents were starting to worry. That's what we were after in this game. We competed and made a huge effort.
"But it all ended when Gerard Pique was sent off."
The Barcelona coach went on to congratulate Athletic but is adamant that Barcelona remain united and determined to win more silverware.
"I can only say well done to Athletic for such a fine performance. Sometimes it’s good to lose in order to appreciate how hard it is to win," he said.
"The team is united and competitive. There is a very tough league campaign ahead of us.
"We want to keep bringing joy to the fans and we want to carry on being a team that sets standards around the world."
La Liga champions Barca have the opportunity to exact revenge when they kick off their league campaign in Bilbao on Sunday.
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