Barcelona failed to beat Benfica in the Champions League yesterday. They are now staring into the barrel of an early exit from the race for the title of continental champion. The Catalans scored only two goals in four Champions League games, both against Dinamo Kiev.
The Blaugrana will have to beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to qualify for the knockout phase. If they fail to do so, an unimaginable elimination awaits them in the group stage.
Barcelona simply has no goals in it. Gerard Pique said openly after a 2-0 away defeat to Atletico de Madrid:
Barcelona could play for three hours and not score a goal.
The longtime defender and deputy captain of Barcelona put the blame on Memphis Depay’s shoulders. He even went so far as to inform the new manager Xavi Hernandez about his opinion, according to news coming from El Nacional.
The Catalan team has had a terrible period with injuries this season, with many strikers staying off the field throughout the season so far. They just got a stroke in the form of heart problems for Sergio Aguero, who will probably retire.
In fact, only two strikers in Barcelona were relatively uninjured, and Depay is one of them. Unfortunately, the striker was far from productive in the Champions League, as shown by his game against Benfica.
The former man of Manchester United is still the biggest contribution of Barcelona in La Liga. He played for the Blaugrana with seven goals and two assists in 13 appearances.
Pique is rightly concerned that the team needs a more clinical scorer, especially in the era after Lionel Messi. Despite still being Memphis’ contribution to the team, he is often to blame for wasting too many chances in front of goal.
The Catalans are in a precarious situation, they desperately need a new goal scorer despite their shaky finances. Garnet and Blue would usually be associated with players of Erling Halland caliber. But they are too scarce to look for such options. But cheaper, cheaper alternatives may lack the quality that Barcelona desperately needs.
Veterans have to help: Pique talks about Barcelona and Xavi
Barcelona’s dreams of the Champions League are currently hanging in the balance, especially after their 0-0 draw against Benfica. However, veteran center-half Gerard Pique spoke with optimism, openly promising to do his best for Xavi and Barcelona. He said:
“Since you share the locker room with the one who is your coach now, morally, you have to give him more. Veterans must help and be an example to young people, who are the future of this club. ”
The central defender also noticed that Barcelona’s attack was impotent and that he could not add a goal to the record. added:
“A point offers little because we have created enough chances to score a goal, but when we don’t, it’s not enough. We will go to Munich with the intention of winning, we know it’s hard. “