Gerard Pique is set for a tricky year of transition and conceded that his side struggled to contain their Ukrainian opponents.
Barcelona was nervous and lost control believes the Spanish defender as they narrowly held on for a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
“It went well in the first half. Then the game went away from us, we lost control and we were nervous. They made things difficult for us. The best thing was the three points,” Pique told Movistar post-match.
“The club is in a process of many changes. I think it was necessary because our form was struggling. Every year we were a little worse. We know it’s not an easy year but we’ll try to compete in every game.”
“It is normal that we are not favorites in the Champions League after the last few years. All we can do is work. We have young players. The results will end up coming.”
Dynamo got a deserved goal in the 75th minute via Viktor Tsygankov to set up an interesting finish, with Pique admitting Barcelona were made to sweat for the victory.