Barcelona captain Gerard Pique has slammed fans who booed Sergi Roberto in Tuesday night’s Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
Part of Camp Nou’s 40,000 spectators booed the midfielder for his below-par performance during the game, which Bayern comfortably won by three goals.
Robert Lewandowski scored two goals for the visitors after Thomas Muller gave them the lead when his long-distance effort was deflected.
Such was the dominance of Julian Nagelsmann’s side, Barca did not manage a shot on target throughout the game and fans expressed their displeasure by mocking Sergi Roberto – who has spent his entire career at the club – when it was replaced.
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Pique used his post-match Spanish TV interview to condemn those who whistled at his teammate and claimed it was a counterproductive move.
The center-back explained: “The whistles towards Sergi Roberto are hurtful.
“I would like to remind people that he is a midfielder, not a winger. He made a sacrifice to adapt to this position on the pitch.
“People are free to express themselves but I don’t like whistles, they don’t help.
“I know the person, he’s a spectacular human being and he wants this club to succeed more than anything.
“I am very hurt by this.”
Pique tried to find the positives for Barca on a difficult night when the reality of the quality gap between them and Bayern was evident.
He added: “I think the result is lopsided and playing at home is a bad score. But if you look at the game, in the first half we competed and they took the lead with a rebounded goal. 0-2 hurts us.
“The 18-year-olds came in, the team showed their faces, they competed. That’s what it is, we are what we are now and I hope more players will be added.
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“It’s a complicated season. They’ve been superior, but we have the foundation to keep competing. We’ll see at the end of the season, but we have people like Ansu (Fati) and (Sergio Aguero) Kun who can improve us. “
Pique – who won three Champions League titles during his time with the club – admitted they were not among the favorites for this year’s competition.
He continued: “At the moment we will not be among the favorites for the Champions League, but nothing is happening because we are not.
“Sometimes we were among the favorites but we weren’t successful. Last year who said it would be the favorite?
“Football changes a lot, it’s moods. They are. They’ve been together for many years, with experience and we are what we are … four or five 18-year-olds have come out.
“This is our reality. I don’t want to apologize. We are Barca. We will see at the end of the season whether, we will end up competing.”
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