Piqué calls for Barcelona 'therapy' meet-up after poor start
On Wednesday, Barcelona players will meet for dinner to chat about their sluggish start to the season in an effort to get to the bottom of their poor form.
The first team dinner of the season for Barcelona has been organised and it arrives in perfect time after their concerning start that has seen them lose two and draw two of their first seven games. Gerard Piqué, one of the team's captains and longest-serving players complained of "too many trips and kilometres during preseason" as one the main causes of their sluggish start and injury crisis. Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez have all missed time to start the season.
Piqué organised the meal together as a form of therapy for a group that suddenly looks overwhelmed on the field. They need a reaction and got it against Villarreal on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win but it wasn't always convincing and they have tougher tasks ahead.
They will meet on Wednesday night, taking advatage of the fact that they train at 18:00 at Barcelona's training ground with a day off on Thursday to rest. They will meet, eat, chat and try to clear any tension that lingers after a tense couple of weeks. It's their worst start to a season in 25 years and they want to fix that sharpish.
Without the technical staff, they can let it all out in the open regarding how they feel and it could act as a form of therapy for the group. There will be no fear of speaking out as it is just the players invited with rumours rife that confidence in Valverde is starting to waver.
The team hasn't looked the same since that earth-shattering 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. They lost the Copa del Rey and haven't rectified their form to start the season either. The dinner is seen as necessary to integrate the new players and for the players to get any lingering doubts they have off their chests.
They play Getafe on Saturday, Inter Milan on Wednesday and Sevilla the following weekend in a week of football that could go a long way to defining what kind of a season this team is going to have.