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'We Have Hit Rock Bottom' - Pique Tears Into Barcelona's Recent Failures After Bayern Demolition

'We Have Hit Rock Bottom' - Pique Tears Into Barcelona's Recent Failures After Bayern Demolition

Having won nine league titles, four Champions Leagues, plenty of domestic cups, the European Championship, and the World Cup during his glittering career, it's fair to say that Gerard Piqué is used to winning.

However, just like the Champions League semi-final in the 2012-13 season when Bayern Munich destroyed Barcelona 7-0 over two-legs, the defender is now facing the difficult task of re-evaluating life at the Nou Camp, from top to bottom.

Speaking in the aftermath of the 8-2 demolition, Piqué said big changes are needed at Barcelona following their "humiliating" defeat to Bayern Munich.

The 33-year-old defender, who has won 20 major titles over 12 years with the club, added that he would be "the first to leave" if the club wished it.

"We have hit rock bottom. This is not the first, nor the second, nor the third time. We are not on the right path. Coaches and players follow one another, but it has been several years since we have been able to be competitive on a European level. We all have to think internally and decide what is best for the club, for Barca. Tonight was unacceptable for Barcelona. It's very hard to take but I hope it will be useful for something, for us to all think about it," said the defender.

Friday's loss was the heaviest that Barca have suffered in Europe and after finishing second to Real Madrid in La Liga, it's very likely that changes are coming.

At present, the club hasn't officially confirmed the sacking of Quique Setien but according to various reports, they've already made the decision to replace him.

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It's worth noting that Barcelona also has a presidential election in the summer of 2021.

However, Piqué believes that changes are also needed off the pitch too.

"The club needs changes. And I'm not talking at the level of the coach or the players, but structurally the club needs changes of all kinds. We must bring in new blood to change this dynamic, and if necessary, I would be the first to leave."

When asked about the future of the club and Piqué's comments, Setien responded: "I'm not going to talk about what is needed at the club. I've been here for just a few months."

The defeat to Bayern means that a first trophy-less season at the Nou Camp since 2007-08, and Setien admits that his future is out of his hands.

"If Gerard says that it's time for big changes there's going to be importance to his words. It's time for us to review and take the decisions which are needed for the future.I think that right now it's too soon to be talking about whether I stay at the club or not. The reality is that it doesn't depend on me. It's worth all of us working out what's important and considering a wide range of things which correspond to a defeat of this importance and which is so painful."

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