Gerard Pique accepts that Barcelona were the second best in the defeat against Atletico Madrid and says that his team could have played for three hours and still would not have scored a goal.
The Catalan giants suffered their second consecutive defeat in all competitions – and their first in LaLiga since May – losing 2-0 on Saturday to a Luis Suarez-inspired Atletico.
Barça have had two shots on goal in the 90 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano, only one of which put Jan Oblak in serious trouble and rejected Philippe Coutinho’s attempt.
Memphis Depay, who has had more shots on goal than any other La Liga player this season (13, on a par with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema), fought to the top when fired from his one shot.
Atletico were clinical on the other side in comparison, scoring from two of his six shots while Suarez installed Thomas Lemar for the opener and quietly hid in a second before half-time.
Barça have conceded five unanswered goals in their last two games and Pique, who played an important role in the defeats against Benfica and Atleti, acknowledges that his team has several problems to work on.
“We started well, but they have scored two similar goals very recently,” he told Movistar. “For us it is difficult. We are suffering and there are several problems.
“People already know the problems. Even a blind person can see what we lack. But we will recover from this.
“It’s not something we’ve experienced before, but the locker room is good. We don’t take care of anything else. “
Pique was referring to ongoing speculations about manager Ronald Koeman’s future, with the Dutchman’s status uncertain after 14 months in office, though he received a public vote of confidence from Joan Laporta this week.
Barça have won only one of their last six games in all competitions and are ninth in LaLiga after playing seven games, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Asked if he expects Koeman to leave before his team’s next home game against Valencia in two weeks’ time, Pique said: “The players are not involved in that.
“We only listen to what the coach tells us. There is little we can do. It depends on the president and the coach. “