Barcelona president Joan Laporta calls for patience and insists he was just as ‘disappointed and upset’ as the fans following their Champions League loss to Bayern Munich
- Barca president Joan Laporta has asked fans to show patience with the team
- The Catalans were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League
- They failed to record a single shot on target for the first time in the competition
- Laporta admitted he just a ‘disappointed and upset’ as the fans with the result
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has asked fans to show patience with the team in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Laporta admitted he just a ‘disappointed and upset’ as the fans with the result but said it was to be expected with the current ‘situation’ at the club.
He has called for ‘patience’ and asked the Barcelona fans to continue supporting the club as they navigate through this turbulent time.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta (above) has asked fans to show patience with the team
Barcelona failed to record a single shot on target for the first time ever in their history in the competition when they faced Bayern.
Thomas Muller’s strike and Robert Lewandowski’s brace handed the visitors a comfortable victory at the Nou Camp, and they were rarely threatened.
After the game, Laporta shared a video on his official Twitter account. He said: ‘I’m as disappointed and upset as all of you are.
‘I need to tell you that what is happening is one of the situations we expected and I ask for your patience and that you continue supporting our club.
The Catalan giants were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday
Thomas Muller’s strike and Robert Lewandowski’s brace handed the visitors a victory
Laporta was elected as president for a second time in March by a huge majority after predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned last year to avoid facing a motion of no confidence.
But Laporta has had a rough start to his tenure, with Barca coming third in LaLiga last season and Lionel Messi leaving for Paris St Germain for free even though the Barcelona president had repeatedly pledged to ensure the Argentine remained at the club.
Tuesday’s dismal defeat to Bayern was yet another low point for the club although coach Ronald Koeman and defender Gerard Pique appeared less than surprised after the loss.
‘Of course we would have liked to compete better but there is a difference in their quality as a team [and ours],’ Koeman said.
‘There was a big difference between the benches too. We have lots of players with a big future but right now we need players back from injury.’
He has called for ‘patience’ and asked the Barcelona fans to continue supporting the club as they navigate the new era without Lionel Messi (above)
Ronald Koeman rued his lack of options after his team’s nightmare start to the group stage
He went on to add: ‘We started well but we had problems getting forward. We were unlucky with the first goal and from their second goal it was very difficult.
‘Right now they are a better team than us. This is where we are right now. Jordi Alba was ill last night and still played. This was Luuk De Jong’s first game.
‘Alba was very tired and we didn’t want to risk him playing the whole game.’
Meanwhile, Gerard Pique looked to focus on the very few positives from the loss, with four teenagers on the field for Barcelona by full-time.
‘We competed in the first half and their goal comes from a deflection,’ Pique said. ‘The team did not hide and we had young players making their debuts in the Champions League. I feel sure we will end up competing.
Luuk de Jong had partnered Memphis Depay up front for Barcelona in their limp performance
‘We have Ansu (Fati), Ousmane (Dembele) and Kun (Aguero) still to come back from injury. We are clearly not among the favourites for the Champions League right now.’
Laporta has long warned of the Barca’s dire financial situation, revealing last month that the club had debts of 1.35 billion euros. But he said the club would soon rise again.
‘I also ask for your trust in us, the people who are managing the club. We need your trust and time and do not doubt that we will solve this situation,’ he added.
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