“We lost control and were nervous” – Pique criticized Barcelona after...

The Spanish defender admitted that his side have struggled to contain their Ukrainian opponents and that they are prepared for a difficult year of transition

Gerard Pique believes Barcelona were nervous and lost control when they narrowly beat Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Lionel Messi gave Ronald Koeman’s side the lead from the penalty spot after just five minutes before Pique doubled Barca’s lead with a header in the 65th minute.

Kiev, however, turned out to be a dangerous opponent and could have made a level without Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made six good saves in 90 minutes.

Even more impressive was 18-year-old Dynamo goalkeeper Ruslan Neshcheret, who scored 12 saves including an incredible diving performance to deny a Messi free kick.

Dynamo scored a deserved goal over Viktor Tsygankov in the 75th minute to create an interesting finish. Pique admitted that Barcelona were sweating for victory.

“It went well in the first half. Then the game went away from us, we lost control and we were nervous. They made it difficult for us. The best were the three points, ”said Pique

After the game.

“The association is in a process of many changes. I think it was necessary because our form was struggling. Every year we were a little worse. We know it’s not an easy year, but we’ll try to play every game. ”

“It’s normal that we aren’t favorites in the Champions League after the last few years. We can only work. We have young players. The results will come in the end. ”

Ter Stegen returned with a good performance between the sticks after an injury and while impressive individually, he admitted that Barcelona as a whole need to work on things.

“It was very important for me to win the game because I was looking forward to coming back and doing what I like best,” said Ter Stegen. “We suffered a lot in the second half. We created some opportunities, we need to talk about them and improve.

Commenting on his recent decision to sign with Barca again, Ter Stegen added: “I have never hesitated to renew with Barca. It was about talking about it and we both, the club and I are happy. ”

Despite the shaky nature of this latest performance, Koeman’s side have now won all three Champions League games this season to take the lead at the top of Group G.

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