Barcelona defender Gerard Pique spoke for the first time after the Champions League elimination against Liverpool at Anfield Road.
Barcelona was already feeling the massive impact that last year’s elimination in Rome had in everybody, Anfield is ten times rougher according to Gerard Pique.
The Catalan defender is one of the main culprits from this embarrassing night that all the FC Barcelona supporters went through.
He was coming from a fantastic performance during the season in all the competitions, but he completely froze in the most important moment against the most difficult rival.
Liverpool FC truly did a number on all the Barcelona players that night at Anfield Road, many of them might need therapy after what happened.
Pique himself had to hide under a rock after what happened and he just resurfaced this week through an interview for El Pais.
The star gave a detailed explanation about what happened. Pique also reckons that getting over this new heartbreak will be more difficult than anything the club has experienced before.
There really is no way to completely explain what went down at Anfield other than Jurgen Klopp’s players simply took everybody by surprise.
However, Pique knows that the Catalan club already showed weaknesses during the first leg at Camp Nou.
What occurred at Anfield was actually bound to happen.
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“When something like this happens, it means that we did pretty much everything wrong,” said Pique during the interview.
“I think that what happened in Roma a year before affected some of us because we still had it really fresh in our memory.”
“The first goal was too fast, that is what brought back all the memories from Rome. Then the other two goals came quickly as well and things seemed too similar to last season.”
“I am convinced that we had a mental block, but we also lacked football. We lacked everything really.”
“They pressed really high, they played an intense game and Anfield also had a huge role in all of it…”
“We weren’t capable to overcome everything that happened. This happens in football sometimes. It was a really hard day for everybody.”
“We had a tough time getting back up because the days kept going by and you can’t forget about this defeat.”
“This is a fall that will last in our memories for all eternity. But we must take a step forward. It was a very difficult situation as it all went down.”
“You see the squad simply not working as usual. You watch Liverpool pressing high and we all had Rome in our minds at that moment.”
“We mustn’t torture ourselves. It may be one of our greatest defeats ever, that is fair to say. But this is what competitive sports are all about, you have to bite the dust sometimes.”
“It was a real nightmare and we have to learn from it because it can happen to us again.”
“We need to understand why it happened and let it help us in the future because we obviously want to win the Champions League again,” he concluded.
👋 Así abandonaba Piqué Anfield
— Diario SPORT (@sport) May 7, 2019
Pique is ready for the Copa del Rey final.
The Catalan defender knows that none of the players can wallow in their misery anymore, they still have one more trophy to win.
The media may say that FC Barcelona was a complete failure this season, but the Blaugrana could finish with a double.
None of the other clubs in Spain can say the same thing and Pique wants this final to count.
Suddenly the Copa del Rey turned very important for all of them, they know that losing it would be a complete catastrophe.
It’s not only Gerard Pique the one who needs to recover from this massive psychological blow that he suffered, but Lionel Messi is also very hurt.
The Argentine player has been trying to make sense of what happened and he seemed pretty sad on the pitch in later matches.
The players can’t waste any more time because this final against Valencia is right around the corner.
We actually have a great Saturday ahead of us with this match and the Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig Pokal final in Germany.
It will be a long summer for the Barcelona players, they must recover from this if they want to remain competitive in the Champions League.
Entrevista a Gerard Piqué, que da su visión de la debacle del Barcelona en Anfield: "Cuando sucede algo así es que ha salido todo o casi todo mal. Fue una pesadilla y hay que asumirla porque puede volver a suceder"https://t.co/byzl79xKIR
— EL PAÍS (@el_pais) May 23, 2019
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