Gerard Piqué has admitted that Barcelona aren't on the same level as Real Madrid after being humbled by their arch rivals in the Spanish Super Cup.
The 30-year-old central defender added that he has never previously felt that way since rejoining Los Azulgranas from Manchester United in 2008.
Asensio and Benzema complete Real's Super Cup triumph
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Piqué: Barcelona not at best as a team and as a club
"In the last nine or ten years, it's the first time I've felt like they're better than us," Piqué told Esport 3. "We have to look to turn that around.
"We know we're not in our best shape at the moment. Not just as a team, but also as a club. We have to stick together and move forward. There's a long way to go [in the season] - it has only just started.
"We have to face up to defeat, congratulate them and look to improve."