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The Argentina international believes the Blaugrana were fortunate to overcome Sevilla on Saturday and has urged the Liga champions to cut out their defensive errors

Javier Mascherano has warned his Barcelona team-mates they must improve after narrowly beating Sevilla on Saturday.

The Catalan giants appeared to be cruising to a fourth consecutive top flight win of the campaign thanks to strikes from Daniel Alves and Lionel Messi.

However, two goals in the last 10 minutes from Ivan Rakitic and Coke levelled proceedings to silence the home fans, before Alexis Sanchez snatched a winner deep into injury time to secure a 3-2 win. 

And Mascherano has stressed that his side need to guard against complacency in the future, or face being punished for their mistakes.

"We have to improve a lot," the 29-year-old told the club's official website.

"Because of our errors they tied the match. We were lucky to win but it won't always be this way. Everything will get more difficult in the future.

"What we can't allow is to have a two-goal lead and have what happened happen."

The win allowed Barcelona to maintain their 100 per cent league record and, with the Blaugrana preparing to face Ajax at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the Champions League, Mascherano was keen to stress he was not trying to be overly critical.

"This doesn't mean that we played poorly," he added.

"They are just our errors and we have to minimise them."

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