Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted that they are in a poor run of form after they were dumped out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
A 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their quarter-final clash at the Vicente Calderon saw Barca exit the competition, as Luis Enrique’s team lost for the third time in five matches in all competitions.
Barcelona have also seen their lead at the top of La Liga cut to just three points in recent weeks and Pique did not hide away from recent results when discussing the defeat by Atletico on Wednesday.
“We are in a little slump. You’re not always at your best. Things go better or are worse,” he told EFE.
“The team was hungry to score but the ball would not go in. This is football. We believe that we are very good, but not always at our best.”
The Spain international and his Barca team-mates are due to return to domestic action on Sunday with the visit of struggling Valencia, as they hope to get back to winning ways.
Both Real Madrid and Atletico will have been given renewed hope of catching the defending champions and Pique has stressed the need for Barcelona to smother those aspirations as soon as possible.
“I will not deny that it has been a very hard blow that we did not expect,” Pique said.
“We have to get up. We play the league and cup and they are two very nice competitions we expect to win.”