Gerard Pique has admitted that Barcelona were outplayed by Bayern Munich in last night’s Champions League semi-final.
The Spaniard failed to impress as Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez all scored in an emphatic 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena.
Barcelona were on the receiving end of some contentious refereeing – most notably when Muller blocked Jordi Alba in the build up to Bayern's third goal – but Pique did not want to blame the match officials after a lackluster performance against the Bundesliga giants.
“I don’t think we need to talk about the referee. They were better and we have to congratulate them,” said Pique post-match.
The Catalan giants now face an uphill task to get back into the contest at the Nou Camp, but the World Cup winner insists they will not give up until the very end.
“We need to pick ourselves up, play well in the return leg and win La Liga as soon as possible,” he added.
Barca have taken heavy criticism recently, despite being 13 points clear in their domestic league and reaching a sixth successive Champions League semi-final.
Talisman Lionel Messi has scored 57 goals so far this term, but even he could not speak about Barcelona’s chances of progressing to the final with much optimism post-match.
“It’s difficult to fight back, but we’ll try to score the goals we need at the Camp Nou,” said the Argentinian.
“We have to pick ourselves up, finish off La Liga and try to come back against Bayern.”
Barcelona did score four times at home to AC Milan and progress to the quarter-finals, but there is the feeling that the German champions are too big a step up in class for Tito Vilanova's side to repeat the trick.