Gerard Pique believes that the changes Barcelona are going through have been needed for some time now. The Catalans scraped a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday to maintain their 100 percent record in Europe this season, but Pique's focus was on other club matters after the game.
"The club is the way it is right now," Pique said in his post-match interview afterwards. "There's a process of change that was necessary. "We have needed to turn things around. There was an obvious trend of things getting worse every year. "We don't have a lot of time, but we need things to improve. You can't have a transitional year at Barcelona. "There will be a new board and with that there will be a lot of changes in the coming months."
Barcelona started well against Dynamo on Wednesday but then let their visitors back into the game and had Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for picking up three points. "The game became complicated and we lost control," Pique confessed. "We didn't have much peace of mind in the second have but the best thing is that we got the three points."
The Catalans have started well in Europe with three wins from three matches, but LaLiga Santander has been a very different story. "We're in a good situation in the Champions League, but not in LaLiga [Santander]," Pique acknowledged. "I'm convinced that we'll do well now because the feelings are better. "There are new, young people who bring dynamism to the team."
Barcelona's disastrous exit from last season's competition has seen a number of people write them off this season, but Pique insists the players will work as ever to compete on all fronts. "It's normal that we're not seen as candidates after the last few years," Pique admitted. "We can only keep working. "It's a good team with talent. I know that, from experience, effort can bring results and we believe we can do great things."