Barça’s loss to Atletico was horrendous. The Catalans were outplayed and deserved to lose away to a title rival. During the game, Gerard Piqué suffered a knee sprain.
The Catalan defender could miss four to nine months of the competition, according to the reliable Cat Radio. This means Barcelona will have to fare without their best defender for the rest of the season.
With Piqué out and Ronald Araujo far from recovery, it is either time for Samuel Umtiti or Frenkie de Jong to step up at the back. The Catalan side is already depleted. They have lost many pivotal components of their game, and Piqué is another one to add to the list.
At 33, it could also mean that Gerard Piqué played the last game of his career. The defender left the pitch in tears and broke every Culé‘s hearts. After a decade of playing at the highest level, Piqué’s absence will leave a big hole in the Barça fans’ hearts.
Dutch legend says Messi and Griezmann are playing like ‘cake bakers’
In an interview with Ziggo Sport, former Dutch footballer, and coach Marco van Basten talked about the grave situation at Barcelona following their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in gameweek 10 of La Liga.
Van Basten was, like many other football fans who watched the game against Atletico, of the opinion that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should have never rushed out of his goal in an attempt to make the desperate clearance. He exclaimed, “…he shouldn’t have done that at all. Unbelievable!”
The legendary footballer also talked about the situation at Barcelona surrounding Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, and the controversy stemming from the comments from Griezmann’s uncle about the club captain. He also made sure to speak about their on-pitch performances, which have been nothing extraordinary.
“Messi and Griezmann are playing badly. They’re playing like cake bakers who don’t know what to do.”
Marco van Basten built on this quote about Messi and Griezmann, saying, “Messi is not happy with the situation at Barcelona. And then also that hassle with Griezmann. It is a chaotic mess. We don’t see the fantastic player and person we know.”
Lionel Messi has not been included in the team to face Dynamo Kyiv tonight, and the burden to create and score will fall on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann, who spoke to the media in length yesterday about his far-from-ideal time at Barcelona.