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Barcelona: Gerard Pique admits ‘We are who we are’ as Barça trounced by Bayern in Champions League

Failing to register a single shot on the right track in their first Champions League match with out their Argentine talisman, Barcelona was swept apart by the German champions.
Optimists might level to the truth that the rating line was an enchancment on that notorious 8-2 quarter-final mauling suffered to Bayern final yr, however even when that outcome marked a disaster level of this new age Barça, then the membership are nonetheless very a lot amongst the rubble.

Thomas Muller’s deflected strike for the opener was an unlucky strategy to fall behind, however the gulf in class between the 2 sides was evident all through.

Had it not been for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayern might properly have gotten near final yr’s crushing scoreline, although even his heroics couldn’t forestall the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski from scoring a brace that took his complete Champions League tally to 75.

‘We are who we are’

Having slid in a determined try to deny Lewandowski from scoring his second of the match, photos of Gerard Pique, key to a lot of Barcelona’s best triumphs, watching on helpless from the ground as the Polish ahead fired dwelling served as a painful encapsulation of the membership’s present state.

Pique has stayed on the Camp Nou regardless of the departures of key gamers such as Neymar and Luís Suárez in latest years, to not point out Antoine Griezmann and Messi this summer time, and following the sport the centerback was candid in his evaluation of Barcelona’s latest struggles.

“The result’s tough and taking part in at dwelling, it is a dangerous outcome, we cannot mislead ourselves,” Pique advised Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

“It is what it’s, proper now, we are who we are”, he added.

Robert Lewandowski scoring his second of the game and Bayern's third.

Pique referenced the absences of teenager Ansu Fati, as properly as winger Ousmane Dembele and new signing Sergio Agüero, who arrived from Manchester City this summer time.

“I hope that all through the season, injured gamers begin coming again and I’m satisfied that we’ll find yourself competing properly. It’s going to be a really difficult yr,” he continued.

“Right now, we’re not favorites, however issues change actually quick in soccer. Last season, nobody would have stated Chelsea have been favorites [to win the Champions League].”

With 17-year previous substitute Alejandro Martínez one in every of a number of youngsters on the pitch by the sport’s finish, Pique discovered trigger for future optimism regardless of his acceptance of the current challenges going through the membership.

“I believe that on the finish of the day, we performed with 4 to 5 youngsters of 18 years previous,” he advised CBS.

“I believe that they compete superb and we have to take a position in them, they are the way forward for the membership.

“It is true that it is not one of the best time since I’ve been right here, we have suffered a bit however I believe that we will develop up, we shall be higher and I’m certain that, on the finish of the yr, we will compete for the titles,” Pique stated.

‘It is what it’s’

Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman echoed his defender’s feedback in accepting the present state of the membership, admitting a “high quality” hole between his facet and Bayern.

Dutch coach Koeman watches on during his side's 3-0 defeat.

“We solely had three forwards at present, no extra. Tactically, there have been plenty of phases of the sport that we managed. We tried to fill areas close to Lewandowski, we tried to compete higher, however it’s what it’s,” Koeman advised Movistar.

“I can not complain about our angle. There’s a distinction in high quality, in the group, as a bunch and bench that is been getting higher. In two or three years, these younger gamers shall be higher. It’s actually troublesome to just accept, however it’s what it’s,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Messi is about to embark on a Champions League marketing campaign with out Barcelona for the first-time in his profession as Paris Saint-Germain face Club Brugge in Belgium tonight.

A four-time winner with Barcelona, Messi will look to guide PSG to European glory, the trophy as but eluding the French giants regardless of large monetary funding.
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