Leo did everything’ – Gerard Pique opens up on Barcelona’s struggles without Lionel MessiOctober 27, 2021
BARCELONA defender Gerard Pique has opened up on the club’s dismal form as he admitted they are the struggling in the absence of Lionel Messi.
The Argentine forward, 34, departed the Nou Camp in the summer after 21 years in Catalonia to link up with Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Gerard Pique has admitted Barcelona are struggling without Lionel Messi following his move to PSGCredit: Getty
And the Blaugrana have disappointed without his presence in the team as they sit ninth in LaLiga after as many games.
After going unbeaten in their opening six top-flight matches, Ronald Koeman’s side have lost two of their last three games – including Sunday’s 2-1 loss against rivals Real Madrid.
Pique has admitted that Barca are finding it difficult to score without Messi, who chipped in with 38 goals and 14 assists last season.
Speaking to El Pais, the 34-year-old likened his departure to when Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.
He said: “You could have never imagined that he would leave.
“But, of course. It’s difficult when the best player in the history of the club leaves.
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“Madrid, when Cristiano left, also went through a time when they couldn’t score a goal against a rainbow.
“So have we. We’ve lived with Leo for many years, but now we have to find new references.
“The problem is that Leo gave you everything. Leo did everything.
“You have to find players who give you what only he could give you.”
And while Barca have struggled without Messi, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has found it hard adjusting to his new life in France.
He has scored just three goals in seven games in all competitions for Les Parisiens.
It is his worst start to a season since the 2005-06 campaign having failed to find the back of the net from his four Ligue 1 outings.Arsenal legend Thierry Henry incredibly snubs Messi for Bergkamp when asked who is the best player he’s ever played with