Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has opened up about his side’s embarrassing 4 nil defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the semi-finals of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.
According to Pique, the event is a nightmare that he and his teammates must move on from and forget about.
Barcelona went to Anfield with a seemingly comfortable 3 nil lead from the Camp Nou but saw themselves out of the competition after the final whistle was blown at Anfield, conceding 4, and failing to score.
The collapse was very similar to what transpired when they were eliminated from the competition by Serie A outfit AS Roma in the 2017/18 season.
“When something like that happens, everything or almost everything goes wrong,” Pique said.
”I think people were mentally affected by what happened in Rome because it had happened so recently. It was a mental block.
”They pressed very high, we lacked our usual passing rhythm, and it was very intense. Anfield also played its role.
“We weren’t able [to cope] and it was a very hard day. It is a loss that will linger over time. It was a nightmare.
”It’s been hard to lift ourselves up emotionally because the days passed but the loss wasn’t forgotten. We have to step forward.
Pique also spoke about the numerous criticisms being laid on Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, adding that it was not his job to say if the boss should stay or leave.