Now we get to the most important improvement that Gerard Pique must make this season. He must become the leader of Barcelona’s backline or the defense will not survive.
Carles Puyol spent many seasons anchoring the defense with Pique as his partner. Since Puyol’s injuries have caught up with him, Pique has not been the defender that Barcelona fans know he can be.
It is clear that Pique is missing having a true defensive leader beside him, but now he must become that leader.
At 26 years old Pique can no longer look to Puyol for help. He can’t look for someone to tell him what to do anymore. Gerard Pique must now be the man that all eyes go to when the defense needs guidance.
He has spent several years learning from Carles Puyol and it is now time to use what he has been taught. Barcelona’s defense now belongs to Gerard Pique it is imperative that he begins to be a real leader.
After their disappointing losses to Bayern Munich this past season, Pique had these words to say via The Guardians Daniel Taylor.
"We have to make some decisions in the summer. We are not the best any more. Other teams are. Perhaps we need to work harder. That was hard out there – a bitterly disappointing night."
Will these words push Gerard Pique to finally be the defender that fans know he can be? Barcelona will certainly be hoping so.
What improvements must Pique and the Barcelona defense make? Can Pique be the leader that Barcelona needs? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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