Pique: No excuses for defeat

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique conceded they had no excuses for their 4-0 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Last Updated: 24/04/13 at 13:21 Post Comment   

Gerard Pique: Not looking for excuses for defeat to Bayern Munich

Gerard Pique: Not looking for excuses for defeat to Bayern Munich

Bayern left Barcelona with a major uphill task in the second leg after a stunning performance at the Allianz Arena.

Two of Bayern's goals could have been ruled out as there was a suspicion of offside over the second goal by Mario Gomez, while Arjen Robben's effort was allowed to stand despite a clear body-check by Thomas Muller on Barcelona defender Jordi Alba.

However, Pique insists they cannot blame the officials for suffering their joint heaviest ever defeat in European competition and admits they were second best to Bayern all over the pitch.

"They gave us a thrashing," admitted Pique. "We will try to turn it around in the return leg and put in a good performance for the fans.

"They were better and faster than us. There is no point talking about the referee, there is no excuse."

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