What worrying Pique comments mean for Barcelona

When Gerard Pique told reporters after the Clasico on Sunday night that the Real Madrid he had faced in the first half was ‘one of the worst,’ he’d ever played against, it was as much a criticism of his own team as of the great rival. It was another way of saying: If we can’t beat this lot what does that say about us?

Madrid had underwhelmed in the first period. They attacked but never really looked like scoring, and they allowed Barcelona to have five or six chances.

But Barcelona did not take those chances – failing to score at the Bernabeu for the first time in 12 years.

After the game Barcelona coach Quique Setien said: ‘You can’t always win’. It was a verdict that seemed a little lacking in self-criticism. He described the second-half evaporation as ‘incomprehensible’. For now the finger of blame is not being pointed at him and the Catalan press on Monday morning suggested Barcelona had not deserved to lose the game.

But they have now lost five on the road this season and the new coach is not coming good on the need to change that, or on the promise to play better football.

Setien’s biggest problem is that he vowed, regardless of results, that Barcelona would play well and apart from some brief spells in the first half they really didn’t.

Most concerning of all was that Messi was chief under-performer. You know there is something wrong with Barcelona when the post-match statistics say Messi lost possession 17 times.

Is the great man losing his touch or is this a symptom that all around him is broken? It looked like the latter on Sunday night.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Advanced talks held over Saul/Griezmann swap deal

Following on from Anfield Central's update on the matter yesterday, Fabrizio Romano confirms that advanced talks have been held for a swap deal for...

Lionel Messi agrees to take 50% wage cut 

Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed to accept a 50% cut on his wage with Barcelona to help them reduce their wage bill. If the great...

Barcelona seriously interested in Saul – Griezmann swap deal

Michael Edwards could be playing 4D chess with his approach for Saul Niguez and he could use former star Luis Alberto to his advantage. Liverpool...

Mino Raiola has not been in contact with Rousaud over Erling Haaland transfer

Erling Haaland's agent Mino Raiola told Sport1 on Thursday that he has not spoken with any presidential candidates at Barcelona despite claims he's been...