Real Betis Shock: Pique Admits Barcelona Have Defence Problems

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted his side have a problem with their porous defence after the La Liga leaders were beaten 4-3 at home by Real Betis on Sunday.

The Spanish side conceded four times at the Nou Camp for the first time in over 15 years.

Pique, while conceding that all their defenders all needed to improve, was also adamant that the champions’ fans should not be worried about the current frailties of the team’s rearguard.

Barca trailed 2-0 at halftime and even though Lionel Messi struck twice on his return from injury and Arturo Vidal also scored for the Catalans, Betis still made history.

They became the first side to beat Barca at the Nou Camp since Alaves in September 2016.

“We know we have a problem and that we are conceding a lot of goals, more than we have conceded for a very long time,” the Spanish international told reporters.

“We will almost never be the team that concedes the fewest goals because of our attacking philosophy, but we know we have to improve.”

In spite of Sunday’s defeat, Barca still lead the standings and are one point clear of Atletico Madrid, Alaves and Sevilla.

However, they have by far the worst defensive record of the top seven teams in the league.

Barca have let in 18 goals in 12 league games, more than 13 teams in La Liga.

“It’s not an individual thing, it’s a group problem. We have to focus on it and work together,” Pique said.

(Reuters/NAN)

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