When asked about the most humiliating defeat he’s suffered during his time at Barcelona, Gerard Pique told AS: “Anfield’s (against Liverpool).
“I’m not the kind of player who comes into the dressing room throwing things on the floor to express my anger, but because of the first leg advantage, I did just that.”
Barcelona suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss to Liverpool in the second leg of the 2019/20 Champions League, losing the 3-0 lead which they had from the first leg at Camp Nou.
Pique was also part of the Barcelona team which suffered the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League semi-finals, but perhaps losing a formidable lead against Liverpool still stings him the hardest.
‘I’m no longer important’: Leo Messi’s SMS message to Guardiola after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s transfer revealed
Back in 2009, Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Barcelona after a splendid season with Inter Milan where he scored 29 goals in 47 games.
What was Lionel Messi’s reaction to the striker arriving? A 2012 book titled ‘The Messi Mystery’ by Sebastian Fest and Alex Juilliard – per Goal.com – claims that a concerned Messi sent Guardiola a text message.
Spanish football writer Ben Hayward wrote: “The exact wording of Messi’s message is disputed, but the sentiment straightforward. ‘I can see that I am no longer important to the team, so …’ Unlike his perfect plays on the pitch, Messi had left this one unfinished.”
Of course, it all worked out for the little magician in the end as he went on to win his first Ballon d’Or after a splendid 2009-10 season.
Zlatan’s move ultimately did not pay off as he never seemed at home with Barcelona and coach Pep Guardiola and the striker didn’t get along well. The striker left the club on loan next season, and then the move to AC Milan became permanent in 2011.
In his autobiography, ‘I am Zlatan’, the Swede wrote: “[Pep] preferred to make Messi happy – he didn’t value me.”
Perhaps Ibrahimovic was just never meant to be with Barca – the Catalan club did not suffer though, as we won 2 Champions League titles in the next 5 years after his departure.
Timo Werner incredibly misses 100% chance vs Macedonia, gets humiliated by local newspaper
On Wednesday night, Germany succumbed to a shock 2-1 loss to minnows North Macedonia.
During the game, when scores were still level, Timo Werner received the ball on a plate but somehow managed to mis-kick entirely:
The surprise win led to great celebration in North Macedonia with one local newspaper cheekily handing Werner a citizen’s identity card:
It was given as an honour for his services in the game on Wednesday!Source: AS