Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted that it will be difficult for the Camp Nou side to win the Champions League the way they’re playing at the moment.
La Blaugrana are coming off a disappointing 0-0 draw with Czech side Slavia Prague, having failed to take anything more than a point at home on Tuesday night and, while they’ve maintained in a good position in their group, the Spanish centre-back is of the view that the side could put much better football on display than they’re showing right now.
Pique shared his disappointment with Marca following the Camp Nou stalemate, pointing out that although Barca are still well-placed both in the UCL and domestically, it will be tough to win the former on current form.
“We are not playing as we want, but in both La Liga and Champions League we are in a good situation in the table,” he said.
“The results are not bad, they could be better, but we must keep calm and improve. Playing at this level, it is difficult for us to win the Champions League. We have had other spells where we were not playing very well, for example under Luis Enrique and then we ended up doing the treble.”
Pique also acknowledged that the clubs fans have every right to feel cheated out of their support after watching the team go two straight games without a win, having also lost 3-1 to Levante on Saturday.
“[Slavia] tried to play a game that suited us,” he added. “We have had chances, but the ball didn’t want to enter [the goal]. The results have not helped us out in these last few games, and when you chain two games together without winning at Barcelona, people want more as there are high demands.”
Barcelona are at the top of the Champions League’s Group F and are very likely to make it to the next round, while they’re ahead of all chasers in La Liga as well. However, criticism has been rife and manager Ernesto Valverde is not a popular man with supporters these days.
While things are still under control, a few poor results could completely change the outlook where the Primera Liga giants are concerned.
Valverde’s men are still among the favourites to win the Champions League this season. You could find the latest betting info for the Champions League 2019/2020 as well as a quick guide on general UK betting at the preceding links, with Betfair offering odds of 13/2 on the club’s chances of winning the tournament at the end of the term. Said bookies have Manchester City as the outright favourites at 11/4 while holders Liverpool aren’t thought to be as potent as they were last season at 11/2.
Barca will return to UCL action on November 27 and will host German side Borussia Dortmund on their home ground. Bet365 have 4/7 odds going on a win for the five-time champions, 14/5 on a draw, and 17/4 on a BVB victory. You could also get 1/2 odds on both teams scoring from Paddy Power while Betvictor’s offering 31/20 on a No.