Barça players suffered the anger of their supporters upon their arrival at the hotel, Friday night in Lisbon, after their defeat against Bayern in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (8-2). This Saturday, the Blaugrana training center is not spared.
Gerard Pique has confided his “shame”, demanding change within his club at the end of the sinking of FC Barcelona against Bayern Munich, Friday night in Lisbon, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League (8-2). This historic setback had the effect of a bomb among the supporters of the Catalan club. Several of them present in the Portuguese capital having thus joined the hotel of the players and the staff to express their dissatisfaction at the end of the meeting.
The sports daily AS reports that Quique Setien’s men were mostly shouted at when they got off the bus, late at night, to their rooms. Some have suffered more reprimands and insults than others, such as Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Nelson Semedo or Ivan Rakitic. On the other hand, a few elements were spared, even applauded. This is particularly the case of young Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig.
This Saturday, the anger of the socios did not fail to win the training center of the Blaugranas, various hostile banners and placards having flourished on the walls of the Joan Gamper sports city. “Out the mercenaries”; “Less luxury, more pride”; “The management and the players, the shame of 121 years of history,” read the posters as the players who left the scene today in their personal vehicles received yet another round of sweet words.
The Spanish press announces this Saturday the organization of a crisis meeting from Monday at the headquarters of the club. Josep Bartomeu should on this occasion formalize the departure of Quique Setien. Sporting director Eric Abidal and general manager Oscar Grau are also in the hot seat.
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Messi and Müller
Discover in pictures the tops and flops of this Barça-Bayern ->
FLOP: Marc-André Ter Stegen (3)
He could not reassure his defense, approximate in his exits and his ball catches. This time, his customary touch of madness was not an asset for his team. On the contrary.
FLOP: The hinge of Barça (1)
Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet took to the water like never before this evening, suffering from each of the Munich incursions into their camp. Reduced to the rank of sparring-partners, they were systematically subjected to the law of the Bavarian attackers in the duels.
FLOP: Sergio Busquets (2)
In need of rhythm and sharpness, he was unable to close the gaps in the Catalan midfield, quickly overtaken by events. Its offensive ecot was also non-existent.
FLOP: Lionel Messi (2.5)
A post struck on a worked center and a breakthrough by transplanting in the axis punctuated by a crushed strike, that’s about all that the Barça conductor achieved tonight. Unworthy of his talent.
TOP: Thiago Alcantara (9)
A full, successful and remarkable match spent in the shadow of his attacking teammates. By himself, he extinguished most of the Catalan initiatives, invaluable in the anticipation and orientation of the Munich game.
TOP: Serge Gnabry (8)
Lively and punchy, he achieved a first half of the highest caliber, justly rewarded by an assist for Ivan Perisic and a powerful goal in the space of five minutes (22nd, 27th). Elusive.
TOP: Philippe Coutinho (8)
What a start! On loan from Barça this season, the Brazilian hurt his (ex-) teammates by using his quarter of an hour of play to deliver an assist for Robert Lewandowski (82nd) and to split a doubled (85th, 89th).
TOP: Thomas Müller (9)
Author of the opening scoring – magnificent – from the 3rd minute, he acted as a detonator in this explosive part, also offering himself a double at the half-hour mark for the KO goal (4-1) and completing his personal work with an assist for Coutinho in the last moments of the match. First defender of his team, he has never balked at the task.