Veteran Spanish defender, Gerard Pique has insisted that Barcelona won’t be the same after Lionel Messi’s departure.
After Sunday night’s 3-0 victory over Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy, Pique disclosed that the side “needs to adapt and grow in other areas in order to compete” without Messi in the squad.
“It’s clear that, in terms of talent and magic, we won’t be the same as before. When the best player in the history of the game leaves the club, we need to be realistic. We have lost a very important player, particularly for our attack, as he was a player who recorded many goals and assists,” he said.
The Catalan defender stressed that “life goes on” and said that the club’s fans will “soon start to be more optimistic about our current squad”.
“The sensations are good, I think. Obviously, given Leo’s departure, it has been a weird day, but in general terms I think we’ve played really well. It gives us confidence and hope that this can be a very successful season,” he added.