It’s going to be a difficult year for Barca – Pique after Bayern daze

Pique says Barcelona in decline, but he’s optimistic about future

Gerard Pique has foreseen a difficult year ahead of his bossom team, Barcelona.

His prediction came after their woeful loss to Bayern in the opening Champions League match where they fell 3-0.

Apart from rating Bayern’s performance higher, he said Barca generally faced a tough season.

He said, “We are what we are, I’m sure we’re going to compete again later in the season even though it’s going to be a difficult year.

“Overall I think the score line was a bit unfair but we cannot kid ourselves, they were far better than us.

While FC Barcelona despaired at their inferiority, Bayern revelled in another dominant performance against the Catalans, who they also hammered 3-0 at the Camp Nou in the 2013 semi-finals, Reuters/NAN reports.

“It’s a lot of fun playing here, the boys enjoyed it,” Thomas Mueller, who opened the score line, said.

“When you win 3-0 here, it’s a really important signal. We’re really pleased. We gave very little away at the back and going forward, we could have scored one or two more.”

FC Barcelona made a promising start in their first Champions League game in front of supporters at the Camp Nou since December 2019.

Although the crowd was limited to 40,000 due to coronavirus restrictions there were fewer fans in attendance owing to a lack of appetite for the post-Lionel Messi era.

But Bayern soon showed their superiority and it took a strong hand from Ter Stegen to prevent Leroy Sane giving the Germans the lead, while Gerard Pique had to slide across the ground to block a goal-bound strike from Musiala.

FC Barcelona’s only real attempt on goal in the first half came from a free kick, defender Ronald Araujo meeting Memphis Depay’s cross and heading just over the bar.

Bayern finally took the lead their play merited through Mueller, who scored twice in the 8-2 hammering of FC Barcelona in Lisbon and has now netted seven times against the Catalans in Europe’s top competition.

Loud boos could be heard at halftime but things got more desperate for the hosts after the break and by the end of the game FC Barcelona fans were sarcastically applauding the team whenever they managed to recover the ball, resigned to their fate.