“Losing makes you stronger” insists Barcelona defender Daniel Alves
Daniel Alves insists Barcelona will learn from their 3-2 defeat to Valencia on Sunday.
Gerardo Martino’s side were shocked at the Camp Nou and as a result have fallen behind Atlético de Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Alves, however, expects Barcelona to respond quickly, though admits they are struggling to find their best form on home soil.
“We feel like we’re playing away from home,” he told Marca. “But losing makes you stronger. We have a great team that has proven itself beyond all doubt.
"We're not worried about the team. When you get used to winning and then you lose, it can feel like the end of the world, but people shouldn't doubt Barça.
“[Saturday’s loss] wasn't a complacency issue - if we had controlled the situation better and been less predictable, maybe we'd have scored more goals", he noted.
"Now we have to pick ourselves up - there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to be mature and learn from this to stop it happening again.
“We have to aim to dictate the game throughout, not just for a stretch.”