Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman defined Sunday's Spanish Supercopa defeat to Athletic Club as a "really hard-fought game" even though he's "sad" because "you play football to win trophies."
"We're sad and disappointed," he said in his post-match press conference after the 3-2 loss to the Basque side in Seville.
Antoine Griezmann twice gave Barça the lead but Athletic equalised both times and then won the game in extra-time thanks to a good goal from Iñaki Williams.
Koeman admitted that it became "really tough to win" when Barça had led twice and Athletic "level just before the break and then again in the 90th minute," two goals that game from "errors" that led the Dutch coach to call for his team to "improve in defence" and be "more committed in the area."
The Barça boss said that his job is to "give everything, it's not good or bad because of winning or losing," but he admitted the loss to Athletic was "tough" if not a "step back" in terms of his side's progression in recent weeks.
Koeman refused to comment on the red card shown to Lionel Messi because it's "better not to speak about the referees" and said Messi had been fit to play.