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Sergi Barjuan gives his verdict on Barcelona’s draw with Alaves

The interim coach could not find a win

FC Barcelona V Deportivo Alaves - La Liga Santander Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona interim coach Sergi Barjuan felt his side deserved more than just a point against Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.

Barjuan took charge of the team for the first time since taking over from Ronald Koeman but saw his team held after Luis Rioja cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener.

Here’s what the Barcelona coach made of it all.

“It’s feel a bit like we haven’t got a reward for the work we did,” he said.

“Today I’ve planned the game as we should, with possession, breaking through the lines, and if I’m in charge on Tuesday in Kiev, we’ll do the same.”

“We’ll try to lift the team again, they know that they are very good and that they have to believe in themselves.

“I’ve had very little time to work. I’ve tried to bring order defensively and offensively and I think they’ve done that a lot, we’ve corrected a few things.

“When there’s a negative result, it’s difficult to bounce back.”

Barjuan must now prepare for a Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine on Tuesday which the visitors really have to win.

A goal from Gerard Pique saw Barca win the reverse fixture 1-0 at the Camp Nou, but the defender is one of a host of players likely to be missing the game through injury.