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Pique ‘Hurt’ By Barcelona Fan Treatment Of Sergi Roberto In Champions League Defeat To Bayern Munich

Spectators at Camp Nou jeered their own player amid a 3-0 loss on Tuesday

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Gerard Pique said he was “hurt” to hear the jeers directed at Barcelona team-mate Sergi Roberto on Tuesday in a 3-0 Champions League group stage defeat to Bayern Munich.

Fans at Camp Nou grew impatient with Sergi Roberto as he struggled in his wing-back role and whistled at him when he was substituted off in the 59th minute.

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In his defence of his compatriot, Pique noted that the Spaniard was playing outside of his more natural role as a midfielder.

What has been said?

“It hurts me a lot personally because I know this person, he’s a spectacular human being and he loves this club more than anybody,” Pique told Movistar

“I’d like to remind people also that he’s not a full-back… he’s a central player, a midfielder. He’s made a sacrifice to play this position and he’s done it phenomenally many times.

“It hurts a lot but the people are free to voice their opinions but if you ask me personally, it hurts a lot.”

Dreadful stats from Barca

The loss meant Barcelona have fallen in three straight home games in Europe for the first time in their history. They’ve been out-scored 10-1 in those matches.

Additionally, the team failed to put a shot on target for the first time in a Champions League affair since at least 2003-04.

The bigger picture

Even at home, a lopsided defeat was not entirely unexpected considering the exodus of key players over the summer amid financial crisis. Still, the first Champions League match of the post-Lionel Messi era offered a stark look at how much the typically dominant club has crumbled.

The Blaugrana will need to refocus quickly in order to avoid a group-stage exit, with fellow Group E participants Benfica and Dynamo Kiev no strangers to this competition.

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