Gerard Pique played as a makeshift striker for Ronald Koeman’s struggling Barcelona side on Monday evening as they managed to snatch a late equaliser against Granada at the Nou Camp.
Although the veteran defender was originally named on the bench for the first La Liga match in three weeks, he came on in an unfamiliar role as the Catalan giants attempted to force an equaliser.
Koeman’s new side had a terrible start. Domingos duarte scored the first goal after 90 seconds. The Catalan giants then attempted to equalize with Koeman. However, Koeman and his young team failed to make an opening for the remainder of the game.
Pique was substituted for Yusuf Demir by the former Southampton and Everton manager. He went on to play as a striker alongside Luuk de Jong.
Ronald Araujo scored late on to spare their blushes after Pique had brought down the ball in the box, and the World Cup winner with Spain was also booked late on in attempting to grab a winner.
One neutral fan wrote on Twitter: “This is actually embarrassing for Barcelona I’m disgusted. Koeman knows nothing about coaching. The man have Pique in centre forward.”
A second added: “Koeman started Pique on the bench, then brought him on as Number 9. Barcelona are definitely losing this game. Their Manager is a confused Human being.”
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With a Barca fan saying: “#KoemanOut It’s ridiculous to lose style like this.”
And another saying: “Pique attacking with Luuk De Jong … Koeman’s tactical stamp on this match.”
A third said: “History won’t forget that Pique played as a striker today! This club won’t ruin me.”
With a fourth saying: “Pique as striker is the best joke from now #koemanout.”
Koeman said before the game when asked if he needed more time to impress as manager of his former club: “There are exaggerated things.
“There are changes in the team, injuries and many young players. Winnable games are what matters.
“I had to answer before Bayern about whether I am going to renew one more year and now the next questions will be about whether I am worried about my future.”