PAMPLONA – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was fiercely critical of his side after their 2-2 draw away to Osasuna on Saturday, saying he could not understand why they did not try to kill off the game when they were leading 2-1.
The champions were without captain Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele and fell behind to a thumping volley from Roberto Torres early in the game.
They turned the game around in the second half with strikes from 16-year-old Ansu Fati – who became the club's youngest scorer in the league – and Arthur Melo, but Osasuna, roared on by their vociferous supporters, would not be outdone.
The home side, who were promoted back to the top flight last season after a two-year absence, continued to put Barca under pressure and they levelled with nine minutes to go when Torres scored from a penalty awarded for handball by Gerard Pique.
"We did not play well at all, we were awful," Valverde told a news conference after his side were left with only four points from their opening three games.