We needed to turn things around – Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes that widespread changes at Barcelona were ‘necessary’ as he predicts a brighter future under new leadership following the resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

While acknowledging the decline has set in at Barcelona in recent seasons, Pique is optimistic that his team will be able to turn things around.

The experienced defender was on target as Barca beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in a Uefa Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

“It was obvious the club was on a downward trend and that every year things were getting a little bit worse than the last,” said Pique.

“We all know the situation the club is in right now; we’re going through a process of change which was badly needed.”

Bartomeu and the board of directors resigned last week after six years at the helm, leaving a legacy of plenty of trophies but a decline in results. The Spanish giants are currently in the hands of interim president Carles Tusquets.

With a new coach in charge in Ronald Koeman and several young players coming through, Barca are yet to register a win in four league games having made their worst start to a season in 18 years.

“We don’t have much time, but we need it to improve. There’s never a transition year at Barcelona, you’re always obliged to win.

“In the meantime, we have to keep on competing, but it’s not easy because of the circumstances. Not just relating to what’s going on at the club, but because we’re here with no fans as well.

“Things have gone well in the Champions League, but in La Liga, we have to change and we’re going to change. We don’t have much time, but we need it to gain confidence and keep on growing,” he concluded.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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