Gerard Pique is poised to miss around three months out with his knee injury. The club wouldn’t be allowed an emergency signing even if it was five months plus, as the rule was taken out in the summer. So Barcelona will be left short at the back until January, with currently only Clement Lenglet fit at centre back.
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Furthermore, if the Catalans decide to sign a player in January (Eric Garcia, for example), there are other issues. They currently have 24 of 25 places filled in the squad – that’s the maximum allowed in La Liga. They also have Ansu Fati out injured long term and want a forward to replace him, so they will on;y be able to get one, unless they can let another player go.
Money is also a problem; they don’t have any.
Another option exists, an unlikely one, which would be unregistering Pique if they think his knee injury is serious enough to make it feasible.
It seems that problems haunt Barcelona in recent months, now, in addition to the results not accompanying, they are witnessing the injuries of several of their players such as Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto and, one more would be added to the list, Ousmane Dembélé.
The French footballer was one of the most redeemable of the Catalan team in yesterday’s defeat against Atlético de Madrid, you could tell he was recovering his game, however, now he would have to stop due to a possible shoulder injury.
As reported by the Spanish newspaper Sports world, the nicknamed Mosquito would have suffered a shoulder sprain caused by a bad fall in the match day 10 held on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Today, medical tests were carried out on Dembélé at the Ciutat Sportiva Joan Gamper to find out his condition and, in the absence of an official message from the Barça team, the injury is being confirmed; it remains to know its severity.
This means that the French winger would have played a good part of the game with such annoyanceHowever, he was not replaced by Ronald Koeman and played the more than 95 minutes of this high-voltage duel.
The new shoulder injury would add to a long list of problems that Ousmane Dembélé has suffered since he was a Borussia Dortmund footballer like the thigh, which has given him so much trouble, and the constant tears.
Ronald Koeman spoke to the media on Saturday after Barcelona suffered their third defeat of the La Liga season, losing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid.
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Barça have just 11 points from their first eight matches in the league this season having also drawn two games. They’ve won just three times.
“Like any coach, I am responsible. We know we have to improve results and grow in confidence. We are working hard, we have to improve things in defence and attack,” Koeman said.
“I try to put out the best team we have available. The players have done everything to get a result and we have to continue in that way. I am not worried about the league, although we know we need to win games.”
Yannick Carrasco scored the only goal of the game at the Wanda Metropolitano but it came after mistakes from Gerard Pique and Marc ter Stegen in first-half stoppage time.
“A team like Barcelona cannot concede a goal in the way we have done,” Koeman added. “We played well in the first half. We dominated without creating many chances against a team that defends well. If you commit errors, as we have done, it’s even harder to win the game.”
Finally, Koeman said: “I am happy with the players’ desire. I can’t criticise that. We didn’t create many chances but we tried. The players are working well, we want better results and we know we need to win games.”
Diego Simeone, Atlético’s coach, must feel an annoying tingling in his stomach every time he has a match against Barcelona ahead of him. The Argentine coach has managed to become the watchword of the mattress club after placing him and keeping him in the group of applicants in all the competitions he disputes, but until now he has never been able to feel comfortable before these confrontations nor can he boast of having found the right magic potion to stop the Blaugrana team in general and his compatriot Leo Messi in particular. Quite the opposite, Barça has become an annoying toothache for ‘cholismo’.
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Since Simeone took over the rojiblanco bench in December 2011, Atlético has only managed to beat the Blaugrana team on three occasions in official competition, despite having enjoyed 28 opportunities for it and never in the League. It is clearly his worst balance against one of his usual rivals. With the Argentine coach, Atlético has only managed to score in 46.5 percent of their matches after having added 0.68 points on average per game. Ten draws and fifteen losses for just three wins are clearly discreet statistics.
You just have to compare the performance of the colchoneros against Real Madrid, the team with which they have played the most times (32 games). Derbies are much better for Simeone, who can boast of having scored almost 60% of the time (his team has added an average of 1.66 points). And let’s not say against Valencia, the third rival with the most clashes. Atlético has scored 85% of the time and averages almost two points per game.
Simeone made his debut against the Blaugrana team with a 1-2 defeat at Vicente Calderón on February 26, 2012 in a League match (Koke, Messi, Busquets and Piqué are the only survivors) and did not manage to score for the first time until the fourth match (1-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 21, 2013). Much more he had to wait to achieve his first triumph. It took eight games to savor that feeling. It was not until April 9, 2014, thanks to a lone goal by Koke in a Champions League match.
Yes, Simeone can always boast of having stood in the way of Barcelona at three crucial moments, because their only three victories came in two second leg matches in the quarterfinals of the Champions League (2013/2014 and 2015/2016) and in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup played last season in Jeddah. On those three occasions he took the cat to the water in front of Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique Martínez and Ernesto Valverde. Precisely, that last victory caused the dismissal of Valverde. In the two previous precedents, Atlético left Barcelona by the wayside and in both cases it was planted in the final of the maximum continental competition. His bitterness is that in both Lisbon and Milan he succumbed to Real Madrid and could not lift the trophy.
The latest precedents, however, are quite favorable. Barça has not beaten Atlético for almost a year. His last victory dates from December 1, 2019 (0-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano with a goal from Messi). The two subsequent matches ended with a red-and-white victory (the aforementioned Super Cup match) and a draw (2-2 at the Camp Nou on June 30 in La Liga).
Being Lionel Messi who has the highest salary of the squad and FC Barcelona having a bad economic moment, the board asked him to reduce the salary, which he did not accept
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After the economic problems that the FC Barcelona It seems that he wants to solve his situation by reducing the salary of the players who earn the highest in the squad and the one who earns the most is the Argentine since he is the best paid in the club.
In this sense, everything seems to indicate that Messi is not willing to lower his salary to the figures proposed by the club, so there may be another reason for annoyance between the manager and Messi, beyond those that have already been raised with Bartomeu.
The Stringer in his account Twiter has, the positions between Messi and the Barcelona directive are very far apart and it does not seem that today he is willing to lower his salary. The Argentine has one year left on his contract and at the moment there are airs that he does not want to renew with the Catalan club, due to his problems with the board. We have to wait for it to happen with the next club elections, but everything indicates that Messi is not willing to collaborate at the moment.
In this sense, players like Pique O Busquets if they have contributed to the club, accepting a drop in their salaries. As for the midfielder, in order to help the club, I agree to cut his payroll by half.
As for Busquets, his drop in salary depended on a renewal, but everything was on hold after Bartomeu’s departure, information that is not yet official, but everything indicates that Busquets is willing to help the club.
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When on August 14, 2020 the Bayern Munich beat 8-2 to Barcelona, Gerard Piqué, one of its captains, one of the players who has been at the Blaugrana club for the longest time, one who has taken his love for that shirt to the extreme, said: “It’s a terrible feeling. Shame is the word. You can’t compete like this. It is very hard and I hope it helps. I think the club needs changes and I’m not talking about the coach or the players. I think structurally the club needs changes of all kinds. Because this is neither the first nor the second nor the third time. I believe that nobody is essential and if new blood has to come to change this dynamic, then I will be the first to go. Because now we have hit bottom. You have to reflect and decide what is best for Barça, which is the most important thing ”.
That day marked a turning point for the club. Barcelona, one of the largest football teams in the world, after losing in the most humiliating win in its history, changed their coach: they removed Quique Setien and called Ronald Koeman, a Dutchman who arrived with the aim of raising a lost and unarmed team.
Two and a half months later, after going on vacation with his family and being isolated to think and reflect on the club and the future, Piqué gave a interview with La Vanguardia. He spoke again without filters. Piqué always says what he thinks. “When a club works better and everything is healthier for everyone is when the hierarchies are well defined. The president must be the first and then the coach must rule over the players. When this hierarchy is broken, things don’t work. If the players have had power at some point, it is because other people have not wanted to exercise it, “he said, making it even clearer that tensions still continue between the players and the leadership and, above all, the then president, Josep Maria Bartomeu. It was on him who fell, mainly, the worst moment in the history of Barcelona. Last Tuesday Bartomeu announced his resignation.
Gerard Piqué desolate during Barcelona-Bayern Munich. Photo: Reuters.
He was born on February 2, 1987 in Barcelona. That day his paternal grandfather, Amador Bernabéu, former leader of the Barcelona Football Club, made him a partner.
In some interviews, Piqué has said that during childhood he was a very good student. It wasn’t that he liked studying but he did it because of his mother’s demands. What Piqué always wanted was to play soccer.
He grew up watching Barcelona play, going to the stadium with his father and grandfather every time the team played at “home”. So says Piqué to Camp Nou.
At the age of 10 he began training in the quarries of Barcelona. After playing in all the lower categories of the club, his first professional contract was with the Manchester United from England.
In the English team he was between 2004 and 2006. He went on loan to Real Zaragoza and in 2007 he returned to Manchester. That year ended by celebrating the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League from England.
In May 2008 Piqué signed a contract for four seasons with Barcelona, which was under the orders of Pep Guardiola. From the first game he became a key player in the club’s defense. Little by little, there are those who began to consider him the best center-back in the world.
With Barcelona Piqué he has made history: he achieved more than 20 national titles (among the Copa del Rey, the Super Cup of Spain and the Santander League) and nine internationals (including UEFA, the European Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup).
He was also in the selection of Spain, which he defended for the first time at age 16 in the inferiors and with which he ended up beingWorld Champion in South Africa 2010 and European Champion in 2012.
In 2018, Piqué decided to step aside from the Spanish team. “I thought it was time to quit. I think no one can doubt my commitment. I always try to do what I feel like doing. The day I don’t feel like playing football anymore, I’ll quit. I’m not trying to force myself into anything; In the end, life has given me the opportunity to always choose what I want to do. At that moment I decided that a cycle had been closed, “he said in an interview.
Piqué has always been talked about: whether or not he felt the national team’s shirt, whether or not he is in favor of the independence of Catalonia, that if he can continue playing or not in Barcelona, that his controversial sayings, that his tweets, that his eternal rivalry with Real Madrid. While they speak, he always stays the same: on the sidelines, doing what he wants to do, saying what he wants to say.
A family with Shakira
Piqué met Shakira, the Colombian singer, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According to the two in different interviews, the footballer told her that he was going to win the World Cup just to see her again. It is that the Colombian was going to sing at the closing ceremony of the championship. Now they live together in Barcelona and have two children, Milan and Sasha.
Gerard Pique will replace the legendary Migueli on the all-time list of appearances for Barcelona on Saturday, moving up to sixth position in the rankings.
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Migueli made 549 appearances for the Blaugrana in the 1970s and 1980s. Pique will make his 550th appearance against Alaves this weekend — and there are no doubts about his participation as Barça only have two available centre-backs for the game.
Pique, who missed the midweek win over Juve through suspension, reached 550 in his 13th season with the first team after re-joining Barça from Manchester United in 2008. He had first joined the club as a 10-year-old in 1997 before leaving La Masia for England in 2004.
Since he returned to Barça for €5 million, he has been a regular under every coach, from Pep Guardiola through to Ronald Koeman, passing through Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique Martínez, Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setién.
Pique’s 549 games to date have been spread across La Liga (351), the Champions League (115), the Copa (61), the Spanish Supercopa (15), the Club World Cup (5) and the European Supercopa (2). He has scored 46 goals, won 29 trophies and won eight leagues, three Champions Leagues and six Copas.
Migueli, nicknamed Tarzan by the Argentine Juan Carlos Heredia, made his debut in 1973 and played 391 league games, 60 Copa matches, 42 UEFA Cup games, 24 European Cup Winners’ Cup games, 10 League Cup games, three Spanish Supercopa games and four European Supercopa games for Barça.
Pique has a contract at Camp Nou until he’s 37, so could yet move up more positions in the rankings. Next in his sights is Sergio Busquets, although as he’s still playing Carles Puyol may be a more realistic target.
Ahead of Pique are Xavi (767), Messi (738), Iniesta (674), Puyol (593) and Busquets (586).
Gerard Pique finally broke his silence in an interview with La Vanguardia, speaking for the first time since he spoke briefly after the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.
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With 24 hours to go until the Clasico, the Barcelona defender looked at a range of issues, on an off the pitch: the arrival of Koeman, Messi, the vote of no confidence…
Pique, who renewed his contract with Barcelona this week, was especially critical when it came to discussing Barçagate. The club paid the ocmpany I3 Ventures, who made several posts on social media against various current and former Barca players.
“I want to get on with everyone but sometimes…” he said when asked about his relationship with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“The issue with social media. As a Barcelona player, I see my club spending money — money they’re now asking for from us — to criticise not just external people with a previous relationship to the club, but players still here. It’s an atrocity.
“I asked (Bartomeu) for explanations and he told me he didn’t know about it. I believed him. But then you see the person who contracted the services (Jaume Masferrer) is still at the club. And that hurts a lot.
“I’m saying here because I have already told the president. So my relationship with the president is perhaps cordial but there are still (issues) there.”
On his new contract, Pique expressed his love for the club: “Barça have given me everything, so I made myself available to help (with managing the wage bill).”
The defender also referred to the decision to sack Ernesto Valverde after the Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid: “For me, having won two leagues and being top, to sack the manager halfway through the season, as a project, doesn’t seem very coherent. I didn’t think it was logical.”
Pique also lamented the lack of legends currently working at the club. “I am surprised people like Pep, Puyol, Xavi and Valdes aren’t at the club. You always have to keep them around, they’re part of Barça’s history,” he said. “Something’s not being done right.”
Barcelona returned to training on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Ronald Koeman took the session on Pitch 2 with the focus on fitness. The coach made the players available to him work hard, with a number still away on international duty.
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Players like Gerard Piqué, Aleñá, Dest, Konrad and Dembélé took part in an intense session as thoughts turned to Saturday’s trip to Getafe in La Liga.
Barça’s first team will have a double session on Tuesday, training at 11am in the morning local time and later in the day at 530pm.
In fact, after a number of days off, there will be training every day this week as Barça slowly get back to a full quote of players as the internationals return throughout the week.
Next Saturday the Blaugrana will visit Getafe in a match corresponding to the sixth day of LaLiga.
Field 2 | Sport City Return to training with available players