The Blaugrana were somewhat flat in Sunday's match, with their attacking players struggling to play with their usual verve, perhaps the result of a demanding few weeks.
"This league is never easy, we'll have to work hard," he explained in his post-match press conference.
"We would like to have added three points, but we are on the back of a very busy month.
"It's logical you won't win every single match, there are always setbacks."
The former Athletic Club coach painted their respective displays as positives.
"It's been positive for us that both have played," he said.
"They have both been quite good, they did have a little trouble adjusting.
"The pair have improved with minutes and it didn't impact us at the start, we're happy with them."