Furious Griezmann laments Barca's lack of defensive leadership


Soccer Football - Spanish Super Cup Final - FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao - Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla, Seville, Spain - January 17, 2021 Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann in action with Athletic Bilbao's Raul Garcia REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) - A furious Antoine Griezmann criticised Barcelona's lack of leadership in defence as they were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao after extra time in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.

Griezmann twice gave the Catalans the lead, however Bilbao enjoyed the game's best chances, causing havoc at set-pieces as they had a goal disallowed for offside and missed two gilt-edged headers to increase their advantage in the extra period.

"I'm angry, annoyed, peeved. Every single bad feeling you can have after losing a final," Griezmann told Movistar.

Barca have struggled to defend dead ball situations in big games in recent years, conceding from corners in their famous Champions League eliminations to AS Roma and Liverpool.

They are currently missing defensive lynchpin Gerard Pique, who is likely to be out until March with a knee problem, and are sorely missing his presence at the back.

"We knew that Marcelino's side's press well and they played well, but we made so many strategic mistakes.

"We defended poorly and weren't communicating on set-pieces: important little details like when the ball is cleared or when we need to push out, someone needs to be shouting."

Goals from Oscar De Marcos, substitute Asier Villalibre and Inaki Williams secured the trophy for Bilbao.

(Reporting by Joseph Walker; editing by Ken Ferris)

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