Barcelona figures have backed centre-back Gerard Pique, who faces a lengthy ban after being sent off for insulting a linesman.
Barcelona couldn't come back in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic, as Gerard Pique struggled throughout the match.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique called Athletic Bilbao "worthy champions" of the Spanish Super Cup after Monday's 1-1 draw.
Ernesto Valverde said Athletic Bilbao's fans deserved Monday's result as the club ended a 31-year drought for a trophy by claiming the Super Cup.
Overturning a 4-0 first leg deficit was too much for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao hung on to win the Spanish Super Cup, writes Dermot Corrigan.
Barcelona's hopes for a remarkable comeback were not to be as Athletic Bilbao managed a 1-1 draw to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate.