Pique Offers To Quit Barcelona After Bayern Humiliation
Gerard Pique has offered to leave Barcelona aftermath of their embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, in the quarter-final of the Champions League on Friday night.
Barcelona endured the most humiliating night in their history after they were battered by a rampant Bayern side.
The defeat put paid to Barcelona’s hopes of winning a silverware this season after losing LaLiga title to Real Madrid.
The loss was especially painful for boyhood fan Pique, 33, who has made 543 appearances for the club, winning laurels.
The 2010 World Cup winner Pique admitted Barcelona, five-time winners of the Champions League, “have hit rock-bottom.”
In an emotional interview after the game, he said: “No one is untouchable, least of all me.
“Fresh blood is needed. We’ve hit rock bottom now. We all need to reflect and see what’s best for Barça.
“Coaches and players follow one another, but it has been several years since we have been able to be competitive on a European level.
“We all have to think internally and decide what is best for the club, for Barca. Tonight was unacceptable for Barcelona.
“It’s very hard to take but I hope it will be useful for something, for us to all think about it.
“The club needs changes. And I’m not talking at the level of the coach or the players, but structurally the club needs changes of all kinds.
“We must bring in new blood to change this dynamic, and if necessary, I would be the first to leave.”
It is likely to be the last game for manager Quique Setien who was already under pressure heading into Friday night’s clash.
Reports suggest Setien has already been sacked with club legend Xavi or Mauricio Pochettino in line to take over.
Setien refused to discuss his future at the full-time whistle but is fully aware he might soon get the sack.
“I think that right now it’s too soon to be talking about whether I stay at the club or not.
“The reality is that it doesn’t depend on me.
“It’s worth all of us working out what’s important and considering a wide range of things which correspond to a defeat of this importance and which is so painful.
“It’s a tremendously painful defeat.
“They scored more goals than they merited. We started pretty well but the power of the opponents, in many phases of the play, overran us.
“If Gerard Pique says that it’s time for big changes there’s going to be importance to his words.
“It’s time for us to review and take the decisions which are needed for the future.”
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