GERARD PIQUE says he is ‘hurt a lot’ by the booing Barcelona fans after their 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.
A section of the 40,000-strong Barca crowd targeted Sergi Roberto, booing the midfielder for his poor performance.
Pique and co failed to seal out LewandowskiCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Barca fans were far from pleased to see their team comfortably beaten by Bayern AGAINCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the first half.
And serial goal scorer Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace in the second half to seal the win.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side showed their ruthlessness in front of goal, but also showcased their defensive capabilities.
Bayern kept a clean sheet and Barca failed to register a shot on target.
And supporters took their frustration out on Roberto, one of 16 who graced the pitch on Tuesday.
Vice captain Pique launched a passionate defence of his team-mate on Spanish TV after the game, condemning the boo-boys.
He said: “The whistles towards Sergi Roberto are hurtful.
“I would like to remind people that he is a midfielder, not a winger. He has made a sacrifice to adapt to that position on the pitch.
“People are free to express themselves but I do not like the whistles, they do not help.
The whistles towards Sergi Roberto are hurtful.
“I know the person, he is a spectacular human being and he wants more than anything for this club to be successful.
“I am hurt a lot by this.”
The club legend – who took a pay cut so the club could register summer signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia – also admitted that Lionel Messi-less Barca are not favourites to win the competition.
He added: “Right now we will not be among the favourites for the Champions League, but nothing happens because we are not.
“Sometimes we have been among the favourites but we have not succeeded. Last year who said would be the favourite?
“Football changes a lot, they are moods. They are. They have been together for many years, with experience and we are what we are…four or five 18-year-olds have come out.
“This is our reality. I don’t want to excuse myself. We are Barça. We will see at the end of the season if, we will end up competing.”