Gerard Pique gave a searingly honest assessment of Barcelona’s shocking 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, saying the club had “hit rock bottom” and needs radical changes.
Barcelona produced an abysmal performance in Lisbon as they were humiliated by the Bundesliga champions, conceding eight goals in a match for the first time since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in April 1946.
Pique – one of the surviving members of the team who won the Champions League in 2009 under Pep Guardiola to begin a golden era for Barcelona – gave a damning verdict of the result and offered to leave the club in order for it to progress.
“We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I’m looking for. We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened,” he told reporters in quotes carried by Reuters.
“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose… We all need to reflect deeply, the club needs lots of changes, I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone but the club needs changes on a structural level.
“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if needs be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.
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“We all have to reflect about what is the best thing for the club and for Barca.”
There was already pressure on Barcelona coach Quique Setien heading into Friday’s game, and that will have increased exponentially following the devastating result.
However, he would not be drawn on his future in the immediate aftermath and believes that time will be need to take stock of Friday’s events.
He said: “It’s really painful and a huge frustration. Barcelona is such a big club. This does damage and something will change for sure.
“It’s too early to think if I’ll continue or not. That doesn’t depend on me, there will be reflection given the importance for Barcelona of such a humiliating defeat.”