Pique claims Barcelona situation is ‘critical’

Gerard Pique and Barcelona team-mates cut frustrated figures after conceding a late equaliser at Osasuna.

Gerard Pique claimed the future will be bright for Barcelona given the club’s emerging youngsters but labelled the current situation as “critical”.

Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna on Sunday, with Chimy Avila’s deflected late strike salvaging a point for Jagoba Arrasate’s side to leave Xavi’s new team without a win in three games across all competitions.

The result meant the Blaugrana sat 15 points behind LaLiga leaders Real Madrid, even before Los Blancos’ clash with city rivals Atletico Madrid later on Sunday.

However, it is not all bad news, given Ez Abde and Nico Gonzalez scored their first goals for the club, the first time in the 21st century that Barcelona have had two teenage goalscorers in a top-flight game.

Pique pinpointed the academy players as a key reason for hope in the future, but the centre-back appreciates the present is just as important for the struggling Catalan club.

“A new era begins in which we have to start adding three [points] at a time in the league,” Pique told Movistar Plus.

“It is the priority, we have to try not to increase the distance with those above. This result is a very great pity.

“The objective is to think about the next game, only in the short term. We know that in the long run, these young people are going to be very good for the club.

“We have to get results, win and win again. It is really urgent, we are in a critical situation.”

Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek following defeat at Bayern Munich, but they looked like responding well against Osasuna, who have not defeated the Blaugrana in a home league game since February 2012.

But the defensive frailties of the Barcelona defence were evident once more when David Garcia headed home and then again when Avila struck from the edge of the area with four minutes remaining.

Indeed, Barca – alongside five other teams – have kept a league-low three clean sheets this term, but Pique feels confident results will come if his side keep putting in the hard work.

“I think that little by little we are going to give more,” he said. “The team today have competed. Obviously, we can play better. But in attitude and work, nothing can be said to us. The games and results will come.

“It is a matter of time, but we don’t have it. It is urgent to start winning. Now every game is a final.”


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