Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino admitted his side were lucky to escape as they scraped a 1-0 victory against Malaga on Sunday.
Adriano's curling strike in the shadows of half-time was enough to secure the three points but it might not have stayed that way were it not for some poor Malaga finishing and a strong performance in goal from Victor Valdes.
Without the injured Lionel Messi, Martino said his players lacked their usual rhythm, particularly in the second half.
"At times we weren't as effective as we could have been," Martino said.
"In the first-half we had chances and control of the game, but we couldn't maintain the same control of the ball in the second-half and they had two clear chances, one against the post and the other that Victor managed to save.
"We didn't take advantage of the times when we had space in the second-half."
Neymar started his third consecutive game on the bench - despite Messi's leg muscle injury ruling him out of the contest - and the tricky Brazilian was again lively as he gradually improves his match fitness.
"You can already see the difference in (Neymar) between the last two matches and the first league match against Levante," Martino said.
"I don't know when exactly we will decide to start him but you can see mentally he is ready and we will do it at the most opportune time.
"He only played half an hour but he was always doing positive things for the team."
Meanwhile, Martino was defiant in his continued verbal battle with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti over the Gareth Bale transfer.
The Barcelona coach reiterated his comments that Real Madrid 'lack respect' for society because of the amount of money offered for Bale despite Ancelotti retorting that Martino lacked an understanding of football.
"I said what I said about Bale and his price," Martino said.
"It's not for any personal confrontation with Ancelotti.
"(The Bale transfer fee) doesn't seem appropriate and I'll stick with what I said in the week - I'm not retracting it."
|9||R. Santa Cruz|
|Coach: B. Schuster|
for B. Pawłowski 63'
for Ignacio Camacho 77'
for F. Olinga 77'
|Everton 0 Stoke City 1: Lacklustre Everton slip to defeat|
|Sunderland 1 Hull City 3: Triumphant return for Bruce|
|Burnley 0 Liverpool 1: Sterling wins it at Turf Moor|
|Leicester City 1 Tottenham 2: Eriksen piles misery on Pearson´s men|
|Manchester United 3 Newcastle United 1: Rooney extends hosts´ streak|
|West Brom 1 Manchester City 3: Three and easy for in-form champions|
|Swansea City 1 Aston Villa 0: Hosts break Boxing Day duck|
|Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 3: Mane marks return with star performance|
|Allardyce upbeat despite defeat|
|Van Dijk happy at Celtic - Deila|
|Table-topping Chelsea delight Mourinho|
|Chelsea 2 West Ham 0: Mourinho´s men ease to victory|
|Suarez enjoying Messi, Neymar link-up|
|A-League Review: Garcia rescues point for Perth, Adelaide up to second|
|Poyet calls for mid-season break|
|Van Gaal rules out Januzaj move|
|Rodgers: Balotelli may have to get used to bench|
|Lallana: I was trying too hard|
|Walker juggles music, football careers in Sweden|
|Song to face ´brother from another mother´ Fabregas|
|Adriano announces Le Havre deal|
|Pardew braced for Old Trafford test|
|Lescott unfazed by City reunion|
|Tskhadadze appointed Georgia coach|
|United to finish top three - Ferdinand|
|Allardyce: Stamford Bridge stalemate saved my job|
|Southampton need three January signings, says Watson|
|Liverpool can make Champions League, says fanzine editor|
|Walsh: Hull clash crucial for Leicester|
|Toure, Aubameyang and Enyeama make shortlist for African gong|
|Docherty backs Chelsea to win two-horse race|
|Liverpool could benefit from Hyypia influence - Scales|
|Saudi Arabia name Asian Cup squad|
|Forty-year-old Cahill no problem for Postecoglou|
|Wenger criticism baffles Redknapp|
|Leicester must strengthen in window - Walsh|
|United not title contenders - Docherty|
|Koeman: Southampton youngsters will get a chance|
|Dyche empathises with Liverpool striker crisis|
|Cagliari turn to Zola|
|Rooney thanks Van Gaal for Christmas break|
|Cruzeiro offer Paulinho Tottenham exit chance|
|Carlisle´s wife grateful to Burnley|
|Katebe called up to Zambia AFCON squad|
|Cape Verde name AFCON squad|
|Finke names much-changed Cameroon squad|
|Grant omits World Cup troublemakers for AFCON|
|Blackpool striker Ranger goes AWOL|
|Allardyce relishing Mourinho meeting|
|Ashley fails to increase Rangers stake|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton: Koeman calls for focus|
|Warnock targeting striker in January|
|Chelsea v West Ham: Adrian vows visitors will attack|
|Heskey signs short-term deal at Bolton|
|Everton v Stoke City: Martinez eyes strong form|
|Juninho defends David Luiz|
|Burnley v Liverpool: Dyche defends Rodgers ahead of Turf Moor test|
|Arsenal v QPR: Wenger eyes festive momentum|
|Liverpool are growing in confidence, says Rodgers|
|Redknapp: Austin future could depend on survival|
|Martinez wants Everton consistency|
|Barca want Neymar until 2020, says agent|
|Jones undeterred by pressure of Liverpool starting role|
|Allardyce ´knows how to beat managers´ - Carroll|
|Jones playing for a new contract|
|China select Evergrande spine for Asian Cup|
|A-League Preview: Koren tips City to build|
|Khedira keen to fight for Real spot|