Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has refused to get carried away with Barcelona’s shock Champions League defeat at home to Russian champions Rubin Kazan.
A second half goal from Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not enough for the Blaugrana as strikes from Aleksandr Ryazantsev and Karadeniz Gokdeniz gave the visitors a stunning win at Camp Nou.
“The defeat is not a wake up call, we did everything to win. I think we played well, but the result is what’s most important. We feel bad because we should have taken a vital step towards the next round. Now we must win away from home,” Guardiola said afterwards, .
The Barca coach was quick to point out that it will be difficult to emerge from this group as all the teams in it have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages but he stressed that he said that the champions will try to overturn this result away to Rubin.
“We all have chances of qualifying. It is a very, very hard. We will try to get a result in Russia,” he declared.
The Barcelona midfielder Xavi bemoaned the holders’ “rotten luck”.
“It was just absolutely rotten luck and the way the match went we did not deserve to lose,” said Xavi, who captained the team with Carles Puyol on the bench.
“Rubin had two attacks and nothing more and have taken away a prize they did not deserve. We played well but it makes it hard when your opponents only come to defend.”