Dani Alves: No excuses for Barcelona we were not good enough
The Brazilian defender has admitted the Liga champions simply were not good enough in the tie against Athletic and refused to blame the referee
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has refused to make excuses for his team after Athletic Bilbao clinched the Supercopa de Espana on Monday.
A 1-1 draw at Camp Nou was enough to see Athletic secure their first trophy in 31 years, winning 5-1 on aggregate following last week's 4-0 first-leg victory.
Lionel Messi had pulled a goal back for Luis Enrique's men before half-time, but a red card to Gerard Pique shortly after the break ended any chance of a comeback.
"Perhaps we didn't get enough things right in the two games. Perhaps we didn't compete as hard we can," Dani Alves told reporters.
"We paid the price for the European Super Cup match and didn't have much time to prepare. There were all those things, but there is no place for excuses."
Pique was shown a straight red card for protesting a lineman's decision in the 56th minute of the second leg and Dani Alves felt the centre-back's dismissal hurt the Catalans' chances.
"Pique was furious about the situation.
"The referee made a decision that did us damage, but that was no excuse either."
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