Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0: We were taught a lesson, admits Pique
Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0: Gerard Pique makes no excuses after Barcelona suffer a humiliating Champions League defeat
Gerard Pique made no excuses after Barcelona suffered a humiliating Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Two goals from Thomas Mueller and one each from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben sealed an impressive win for the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, who now have one foot firmly set in next month’s final at Wembley.
Although three of Bayern’s goals could have been ruled out for a combination of fouls and offsides, the centre-half was not in the mood to blame the officials.
“The referee had no influence on the game, they taught us a lesson,” said Pique.
“They were quicker than us, stronger than us, better than us.”
And Pique was far from optimistic about his side’s chances of overturning the result in the Camp Nou in eight days time.
“We have an almost impossible task, but we have to stand up and be counted in the second leg.”
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura echoed the defender’s sentiments and praised Bayern for an impressive display.
“Bayern have to be congratulated. They were very strong; they are a very physical team. We didn’t play all that badly in the first half but then they scored quite early in the second from a strategic move and from there it was difficult.
“Bayern played a great game while we were lacking that freshness to compete with them and that is something that we have to look at. We didn’t see situations where we could have changed things after the break.
“We know that the situation is difficult but as Barcelona we have to compete in the second leg and try to win. We will give it our all.”
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