Gerard Pique said the future will be bright for Barcelona, given the club’s up-and-coming youth, but he labeled the current situation as “critical”.
Barcelona drew 2-2 at Osasuna on Sunday, with Chimy Avila’s deflected shot allowing Jagoba Arrasate’s side to recover a point and leave Xavi’s new side winless in three games in all competitions.
The result meant that the Blaugrana were within 15 points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, even before the Los Blancos clash with city rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
However, it’s not all bad news, as Ez Abde and Nico Gonzalez scored their first goals for the club, the first time in the 21st century that Barcelona have had two teenage scorers in a top flight match.
Pique has identified the academy’s players as a key reason to hope for the future, but the center-back appreciates that the present is just as important for the struggling Catalan club.
“A new era begins in which we have to start adding three [points] at a time in the league, “Pique told Movistar Plus.
“It is the priority, we must try not to increase the distance with those on top. This result is a real shame.
“The goal is to think about the next match, only in the short term. We know that in the long run these youngsters will be very good for the club.
“We have to get results, win and win again. It is really urgent, we are in a critical situation ”.
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Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League midweek after their defeat to Bayern Munich, but appeared to be responding well against Osasuna, who hadn’t beaten the Blaugrana in a league match at home since February 2012.
But the defensive frailties of Barcelona’s defense were evident once again when David Garcia went home and then again when Avila struck from the edge of the box with four minutes left.
Indeed, Barça – along with five other teams – have kept clean sheets at three low levels in the league this season, but Pique is confident that the results will come if his team continues to work hard.
“I think we will gradually give more,” he said. “The team competed today. Obviously we can play better. But in the attitude and in the work, nothing can be said. The matches and the results will come.
“It’s a matter of time, but we don’t have it. It is urgent to start winning. Now every game is a final “.