FC Barcelona fans are looking for a new leader on the pitch after the surprise departure of Lionel Messi this summer. In addition to captain Sergio Biscuits, veteran forward Gerard Pique has proved popular with fans. As a result, manager Ronald Koeman’s decision to end it earlier this week against Benfica in the Champions League did not go down well with the Coolers.
Pique is rallying Barcelona’s loyalists both on and off the pitch, despite the club’s troubling situation. He was well-received by fans after being one of the first earners to agree to a massive pay cut before the start of the season. The move allowed the club to free up enough space in their pay cap to register new signatures.
Spain has become a central figure in the international club, which is why he suffered a setback when he was removed from the pitch just half an hour later on Wednesday against Benfica. He was not forced out due to injury, and fans see the alternative as an insult to the defender.
This change was made when Barcelona scored a goal against the hosts just three minutes after the match thanks to a strike by Darwin Nunes. At the half-hour mark, the Dutch coach decided to replace Puck with midfielder Gavi. As a result, Frankie de Jong had to fill in the gaps left by Paki.
To be fair, some would argue that Peck’s yellow card in the 12th minute put him in a dangerous position, and Quiman didn’t want to risk falling under a man. However, some insist that there is not enough reason to humiliate the player with the initial replacement. The problem is, getting out of the pack didn’t help the defense at all, with Barcelona conceding 3-0 with two more goals.
Pecky has given Common a good reason to trust him in recent weeks, after helping the club keep a clean sheet against both Cadiz and Leonte.
He recovered quickly from a calf injury earlier in the season, and was a welcome sight on the pitch for most loyal fans. The troubled manager’s move has turned more fans against him in an already precarious position with the club.
The Barcelona administration has been trying to appeal for unity for the past week, but the defeat against Benfica and the outrage from the fans are putting more pressure on the club to sack Common. The latest reports suggest he will be in charge of the club this weekend, but mostly because the club still needs to deal with a possible replacement.