Gerrard Pique said Barcelona have hit bottom and need to make some changes after the club’s devastating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Friday’s Champions League quarterfinal.
Barça produced an underwhelming performance which cost them a total obliteration by the more superior Bayern.
The Spanish giants conceded eight goals to the German giants for the first time since they lost 8-0 to Sevilla in 1946.
Pique – one of the surviving members of the team who won the Champions League in 2009 under Pep Guardiola to begin a golden era for Barcelona – gave a damning verdict of the result and offered to leave the club in order for it to progress.
“We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I’m looking for. We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened,” he told reporters in quotes carried by Reuters.
“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose… We all need to reflect deeply, the club needs lots of changes, I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone but the club needs changes on a structural level.”
Pique also offered to leave the club if it will help to bring in young players that will restore Barça’s glory.
“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if needs be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.
“We all have to reflect about what is the best thing for the club and for Barca.”
This year’s semi-finals will also be the first time since the 2004/05 season that neither Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will feature.