Pique fiercely critical of Barca after draw at Real Sociedad

Barcelona's Neymar (right) fights for the ball with Real Sociedad's Raul Navas in the La Liga match at San Sebastian November 27, 2016.

"We all know how much media there is surrounding Messi, what he means for Catalonia and for Barca".

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has some of the world's top midfielders in the shape of Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. But with Xavi gone, Andres Iniesta injured and Sergio Busquets now a shadow of his former self, it is no longer the side's strongest sector.

Disappointed with Barcelona's below par performances against Real Sociedad, Gerard Pique has admitted that such results will not help his team retain the La Liga title for third consecutive season. Javier Mascherano had also missed a great opportunity to clear in the build-up to the goal.

Vela cut back on to his left from distance to fire against the woodwork, with the ball bouncing down just on the line, and substitute Juanmi reached the rebound to tap home a simple finish. Once again, it was the MSN to the rescue.

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It's been a tough time of late for Neymar.

In fact, that should have gone to Real Sociedad.

Lionel Messi scored in the second half to salvage a 1-1 draw for Barcelona at Real Sociedad on Sunday, while the hosts had a victor incorrectly ruled out for offside. And in the dying minutes, Vela also sent a stinging shot against the post from distance. The only game that counts is our most recent game, a win at Celtic.

However, it was the first time all year Enrique's team had failed to register an attempt on target in the first half and the Barca boss tried to turn the tide by replacing Ivan Rakitic with Denis Suarez at the break.

Can Real Sociedad top one of Europe's best teams to keep momentum going, or will Barcelona's three-headed monster provide the scoring punch needed to prevail?

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"Playing like this it will be very hard to win the league", said Pique.

"We had no business earning a point and somehow we did it - it is impossible to play any worse".

"It's not often I can say this as a Barca player but we have to be pleased with the draw. We've produced the worst game of our era and we'll certainly see a different Barca in the Clasico", he added.

A point is enough to move Barca up to second, but they now desperately need to beat Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

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