Barcelona fans, I feel for you, I really do.
Bayern Munich made Champions League history on Friday night with a 8-2 victory that will be talked about for decades – and it casts real doubt over Barca‘s immediate future.
Thomas Muller scored the opening goal after just four minutes, only for a David Alaba own goal to level the scores, but Bayern began playing in a league of their own from that point onwards.
Barcelona thrashed 8-2
Goals from Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and Muller fired Bayern into a 4-1 lead before the break, though Barca did have a glimmer of hope when Luis Suarez brought it back to 4-2.
However, that was as good as things got for the Catalans and Bayern proceeded to put on an absolute masterclass, scoring four more goals to make it an absolute humiliation.
Joshua Kimmich made it five, Robert Lewandowski made it six and then Philippe Coutinho, who is astonishingly on loan from Barca, proceeded to score the final two goals for 8-2. Yes, 8-2.
Questions to answer for Barca
We’re still staggered, as we’re sure you all are, but put yourself in the shoes of the Barcelona players for one second and imagine just how emotional they will have been at full-time.
You’d feel pretty ticked off, right? Well, just picture having those emotions and then seeing a broadcaster shove a microphone in your face… it’s fair to say media training would go out the window.
You probably know where we’re going with this and it was Gerard Pique who proved the Barca representative to address the media after arguably the worst night in the club’s history.
Pique’s brutally honest interview
To say he made some brutally honest comments would be, erm, quite the understatement.
According to the Daily Mail, Pique remarked: “It was a horrible performance and it leaves us with a terrible feeling. We have hit rock bottom.
“We feel embarrassed. You can’t compete as we have done tonight. This is very hard to take.
“And it’s not the first time, it’s not the second time, or the third time.
“The clubs need changes and I’m not talking about the coach or any one player. The club needs profound change. We have hit rock bottom. We need to reflect and do what is best for the club.
“I will be the first to offer to go if we need new blood.”
GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says
At the end of the day, I have a lot of respect for Pique speaking out and being so honest.
There are swathes of top class footballers at Barcelona or at least, even if you’re being hypercritical, players of a class where losing 8-2 in the Champions League is not good enough regardless of the opponents.
The writing has been on the wall for some time at Camp Nou and whoever does bite the bullet, there needs to be the new blood that Pique is talking about.
Barca, in many respects, are an ageing team and the younger players they’ve brought in to change that have, for the most part, been examples of the club’s dire recruitment strategy.
Something needs to change and pronto.
But for now, fair play to Pique for speaking so candidly, because it would have been easy for him to hide after the match just as the entire Barca team did during it.
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