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Sampaoli: We had enthusiasm but needed more football against Barca

Jorge Sampaoli was happy to see his Sevilla side's enthusiasm against Barcelona, but feels they needed to "show more football" as they went down 2-0 in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi separated the two teams at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, as Barca dominated play and threatened throughout the game.

And the Argentine coach was disappointed to see his side play into the hands of Luis Enrique's men, insisting their energy was sound, but their football was not.

"We showed a lot of enthusiasm, but we need to show more football than enthusiasm," Sampaoli said.

"Our passing was inaccurate. We will continue working to be strong.


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"In the second half, we ran more than we played. It activated the opponent's counter-attacks. These kinds of teams make you pay for mistakes. They deserved the victory."

Sevilla had a severely depleted squad for the first leg, with Daniel Carrico suspended, while key players in Michael Krohn-Dehli and Benoit Tremoulinas were out through injury.

Following Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid after extra time, captain Vicente Iborra was rested, with Wednesday's second leg at Camp Nou to be Sevilla's third match in eight days.

While the former Chile coach conceded the schedule has been tough on his side at the early stage of the season, he believes the three-time defending Europa League champions will bounce back.

"We're coming from playing 120 minutes against Real Madrid, and we have several casualties. The calendar has hurt us a bit, and we're feeling the weight of fatigue," he said.

"You have to evaluate everything very well. Hopefully on Wednesday we will play a more dignified role."