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Ronald Koeman has attributed Barcelona’s 2-2 draw to Valencia to the lack of concentration of their players, rather than an attitude problem.
Barça played at the Camp Nou in the entertaining LaLiga clash on Saturday and is now eight points behind Atlético de Madrid having played one more match than the leaders.
Mouctar Diakhaby scored a free header to give Valencia the lead, a fourth league goal that Barça have conceded from a corner this season alongside Huesca, but Lionel Messi equalized and young defender Ronald Araujo put the hosts ahead.
Maxi Gómez benefited from more slack defending with 21 minutes left to score against the Catalan giants for the fourth straight game, however, as Valencia became the seventh team to prevent their opponents from winning in 13 games this season.
Koeman didn’t want to blame anyone for this latest setback, but admitted that his team faded too easily for Valencia goals.
“It was a difficult match. We fight but we have to be more focused, “he told Movistar. “We had chances, but we didn’t focus on other actions and the rivals defended well.