Ernesto Valverde was left feeling 'angry' after Barcelona's 36-game season unbeaten run - 43 including last term - came to an end on Sunday evening at the hands of Levante in a thrilling 5-4 defeat.
Lionel Messi was left in Catalonia for the penultimate game of the term, with Barça heading to South Africa for a high-profile friendly in midweek, before returning to see out La Liga campaign next weekend.
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“I’m very angry that we didn’t finish the season unbeaten, but I won’t dwell on it. We have to look forward,” Valverde said.
“The match was decided by counterattacks, especially during a crazy 10-minute spell in the second half, when they scored three goals.
“They also played very freely because they were no longer burdened by tension. You have to acknowledge what they’ve achieved, although it’s strange that we conceded five goals for how the season’s gone.”