Barcelona’s Pique concedes Champions League tie after Bayern Munich defeat

Gerard Pique believes Barcelona are on the verge of exiting the Champions League following their 4-0 first-leg defeat against Bayern Munich, BBC Sport has reported.

The Catalans were stung by a Thomas Muller brace and goals from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben, giving Bayern a commanding lead ahead of the return leg in Barcelona on May 1. Barca were not helped by the fitness of Lionel Messi who, although playing the full game, did not look healed from his hamstring injury, the BBC noted.

Pique said: “They’ve been faster, stronger and played the better football. It’s almost impossible for us,” while the Barca assistant manager, Jordi Roura, added: “ Miracles are always hard to make real, 4-0 is a huge deficit to make up. I don’t know if anyone has come back from a score like that in the history of the Champions League, but we’ll do what we can.

Only three times in the history of European competition has a side overturned a four-goal deficit, the BBC confirms – Partizan Belgrade against Queens Park Rangers in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup, Real Madrid against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the 1985/86 European Cup and Leixos of Portugal in the 1960/61 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Barcelona had to recover from a 2-0 defeat against Milan in one of this year’s earlier rounds, while they also beat Paris Saint-Germain on away goals to reach the semi-final stage, with Messi coming off the bench for the final portion of the match to inspire the win.

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