Cesc Fabregas hits out at Barcelona's 'lack of hunger' as side fall to first defeat of the season
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says his side showed a 'lack of hunger' as they fell to their first defeat of the season.
The Spanish champions suffered a 2-1 Champions League loss at Ajax on Tuesday night and former Arsenal playmaker Fabregas said Barca were caught cold by their Dutch opponents.
"It didn't look like we were there in the first half. There was a lack of intensity, a lack of hunger."
Defender Gerard Pique called it "the worst first half of football" the club has played this season.
He went on to say that "the horrible" image Barcelona gave off was "unacceptable".
Gerardo Martino has demanded more intensity from his players following his first defeat as Barca coach.
"Ajax began with more intensity than us and we paid the price," Martino said.
"The second half was a different story and we played in a way more in tune with what Barca represents.
"The problems in the first half came more when we had the ball than when we didn't.
"We lacked mobility and precision. In a Champions League match against a rival who is fighting to qualify for the next round you need intensity for the full 90 minutes."
Barca have already qualified for the last 16 despite last night's defeat and have a chance to top their group in their final match at home to Celtic.