Barcelona president Joan Laporta asked the fans for patience and trust in an attempt to “solve” the problems of the Catalan giants on and off the pitch.
Years of financial mismanagement reached Barça last month when they lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Antoine Griezmann was also sent back to title rivals Atletico Madrid on early loan amid a flurry of late activity in an effort to help balance the scores.
Barça’s solid, if not spectacular, start to the LaLiga season, in which he collected seven out of nine possible points, helped to lift the mood around the Camp Nou a bit.
But a crushing 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday – the first time Barça have lost their opening Champions League match in 23 seasons – changed everything.
Sergi Roberto was booed by some of his own fans when he was substituted during the match, which captain Gerard Pique admitted made him feel “hurt”.
With fan turmoil growing during a tough time for La Liga heavyweights, Laporta released a video statement on its social media channels on Wednesday.
“Hi Asses. I am as disappointed and upset as all of you, “he said.” I have to tell you what is going on. This is one of the situations we expected.
“I ask all of you for your patience and that you continue to support our team. I also ask you to trust us, the people who run the club.
“We need your trust and your time. Do not doubt that we will resolve the situation. “
A message for all culers: trust and support for our team. Do not doubt that we will resolve this situation. Visca el Barça! pic.twitter.com/eBtxPQIeOj
– Joan Laporta Estruch (@JoanLaportaFCB) September 15, 2021
Prolific Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski used a brace after Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the first half of Tuesday’s Group E match.
Barça have lost three consecutive home games in European competition for the first time in their history, having also lost to Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou last season.
In their first European match since Messi’s exit, the Catalans have failed to record a shot on goal in a Champions League match for the first time since Opta began recording such data in 2003-04.