Barcelona lost again to Benfica in the Champions League yesterday. Now they find themselves staring down the barrel of an early exit from the continental title race. The Catalan team only scored 2 goals after 4 matches in the Champions League, all against Dynamo Kyiv.
The Blaugrana will need to beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to qualify for the knockout stages. If they fail to do so, they will face an unbelievable elimination in the group stage.
Barcelona simply has no goals in it. Gerard Pique bluntly said after the 0-2 loss to Atletico de Madrid:
Barcelona “could play for three hours and not score a goal.”
The longtime Barcelona defender and vice-captain put the blame on Memphis Depay. He even went as far as to announce the new manager Xavi Hernandez about his opinion, according to the news coming from El Nacional.
The Catalan side have had a terrible time with injuries this season, with many strikers sidelined for the entire season so far. They have just received a painful blow due to a heart injury due to Sergio Aguero, who is likely to retire.
In fact, there are only two strikers at Barcelona who are relatively injury-free and Depay is one of them. Unfortunately, the striker has not been able to perform well in the Champions League, as shown by his performance against Benfica.
However, the former Manchester United player is the biggest contributor to Barcelona in La Liga. He’s featured seven goals and two assists in 13 appearances for the Blaugrana.
Pique is concerned that the team needs a better goalscorer, especially in the post-Lionel Messi era. Despite Memphis’ contributions to the team, he often made the mistake of squandering too many chances in front of goal.
The Catalan team is in a precarious situation, in dire need of a new goal-scorer even though the financial situation is good. Garnet and Blue are often associated with players of Erling Haland’s caliber. But they are too short of money to pursue such options. But cheaper, lower-cost alternatives may lack the quality Barcelona desperately needs.
Veterans must help: Pique discusses Barcelona and Xavi
Barcelona’s Champions League dreams are now well balanced, especially after a 0-0 draw against Benfica. However, veteran centre-back Gerard Pique spoke with optimism, openly promising to give his best for Xavi and Barcelona. He say:
“To share the dressing room with the person who is now your coach, morally you have to give more to him. Veterans have to help and be an example to young people, they are the future of this club.”
The central defender also noted that Barcelona’s attack was helpless and could not add more goals to the scoreboard. He added:
“The points brought in very little because we created enough chances to score, but when we didn’t score it wasn’t enough. We’re going to Munich with the intention of winning, we know it’s going to be difficult.”
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-gerard-pique-blames-superstar-forward-barcelona-s-lacklustre-showing-front-goal-reports?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Gerard Pique blames the superstar striker for Barcelona’s lackluster in front of goal: