Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona’s success last season means every club now “go hard” against them.
Barca were beaten 2-1 by the midfielder’s former club Sevilla on Saturday as they slipped to their second defeat in three league games.
The Catalans won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League during Luis Enrique’s first season in charge last term and Rakitic believes that has made them a target for other teams.
“It hurts to lose like that; we had a lot of chances,” he said. “We have to pick ourselves up, every team has their lows.
“We’ve won everything and it’s normal that everyone goes hard against [us].”
Barcelona registered 28 shots in the match against Sevilla, nine of them on target. Luis Suarez, Neymar and Sandro Ramirez all hit the woodwork, prompting Sergio Busquets to bemoan the visitors’ lack of accuracy.
“Chances we have, what we need is to be on target,” he said. “We all have to put a little more into it.”