Barcelona aims for second-leg victory as Bayern take huge step towards Wembley
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique refused to accept any excuses for Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich. The German football giants rampaged over Barcelona with a 4-0 victory at Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
Gerard Pique admits Barcelona’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League final are “almost impossible”. Bayern Munich, who just recently won the Bundesliga title, completely obliterated the defense of their Spanish opposition to take a huge step towards the showpiece at Wembley.
Upon being asked to assess the reasons behind Barcelona’s defeat, Gerard Pique refused to bring up any excuses. The Spain international admitted Bayern Munich were the superior side and that there was no point in crying over spilt milk. Gerard Pique insists his side were already over the defeat and were aiming towards a second-leg victory.
“There's not much you can say, they've been faster, stronger and played the better football,” Gerard Pique told TV3. “We mustn't talk about the referee, I don't think he had any influence (on the result). It's almost impossible for us.
“They've been better than us, we need to congratulate them and show our best in the return leg while thinking about finishing the league as soon as possible. We are Barca, we must go out at the Nou Camp to win the game for our fans.”
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich players reveled in the glory of beating Barcelona in front of their home crowd. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben said his team should be “very proud” of their achievement.
The Dutch was delighted with the victory, but warned his side of complacency. Arjen Robben asked his teammates to stay on their toes for the second-leg, which will take place at Nou Camp next week.
“I think we knew we were able to give them good competition, I think everybody said before it was a 50-50 game,” Arjen Robben said.
“We can be very proud, this team (Barcelona) has dominated Europe over the last five years and if you beat them like this in such terrific way I think you can be proud.
“But on the other hand, let's be quiet, enjoy this evening but not anymore, because there's still the second game to play and we have to be ready.”