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Barca had held an 11-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga with a victory but lost 3-2 away at Levante.
Real’s victory followed a 5-1 drubbing in Copa del Rey last term but they failed to close out an excellent opening in which they were punished by Barca’s defence, who were in trouble from the outset.
Rafael Alves fired wide late on and Neymar’s late shot was blocked by Javier Hernandez before Marca’s Guillem Balague and the Spanish paper put Real just two goals behind with their first-half summary.
There was no doubting their ability at the Camp Nou as they nearly took the lead before Luis Suarez levelled.
But they were held to a goalless draw when their rivals’ keeper, Manuel Almunia, stopped them from completing a three-goal advantage.
A few minutes later, Suarez put them level when he tucked home a second goal from a tight angle.
It was Barcelona’s first defeat since August 1998, when they lost 2-0 at Arsenal.
Ancelotti, who has just three game포커s left to rule in the summer, has said before that he will not extend his job beyond 2017 to see whether his current side are capable of competing with Europe’s big four sides.
And his decision to start Barca’s injured captain on Saturday was a gamble that has paid off after a disappointing campaign.
“I thought, because of the result here, that the team can perform,” he told La Nacion. “At home with the way that they want to play and without the pressure, it’s easier than playing at home.
“It’s important because we’re having more energy than we did on a good evening. In Europe, it’s not possible to play in this style and win.”
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And that was reflected in Barca’s form away at Levante, where they had a narrow victory but suffered a crucial own goal that they could not convert, the fifth of their 11.
“If the team can start in their natural position, then it gives us the advantage because you’re playing at home and you’re playing in a team with the best quality,” said Balague