La Liga’s defending champions saw their 100% start to the season ended, as Iago Aspas’ brace and goals from Nolito and John Guidetti inflicted defeat on them.
This weekend, newly promoted Las Palmas are the visitors to Camp Nou and Iniesta is keen to see a reaction following the damaging defeat at Balaidos.
Celta are now second and level on 10 points with Real – who beat luckless Granada 1-0 Saturday – but with an inferior goal difference. With Rafinha injured, Barcelona have applied to LFP and Federation Internationale de Football Association to find a some way to register Arda Turan, but midfield at the moment, although all first-team players are ready to play, looks very shallow for current champions.
The former Man City striker swivelled and fired beyond ter Stegen to complete a miserable night for Barcelona as their 100-per-cent La Liga record went up in smoke at the Estadio Municipal.
“We hope the defeat in Vigo works as a push – so that we realise what is needed in modern football to win games and trophies”, he said.
But Celta sealed a famous triumph with a fourth goal on 83 minutes.
Fernando Llorente was introduced at half-time by Sevilla boss Unai Emery and made a quick impact by nodding home his first goal for the club nine minutes into the second period.
Just as Barca really upped the tempo it all came crumbling down, Nolito releasing Aspas after Celta cleared a corner and the local favourite producing another cool finish.
Luis Enrique, who was in charge at Celta before taking over as Barca coach a year ago, said his team had simply been outplayed and punished for not taking their chances. Shortly after, he forced Gerard Pique into an error before heading into the path of Aspas, who galloped some 40 yards toward goal and brilliantly clipped the ball over Ter Stegen.
“The defence is not just the goalkeeper and the back four, but everyone”.
“Now we really need to make that happen”, he said.
Villarreal have won their last three league games by the same score, 3-1, and travel to Andalusia on Wednesday to face a Malaga side that is without a victory so far. Jeremy Mathieu started at left back for Barcelona, and Sergi Roberto got the nod in midfield.