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Laporta asks for patience and trust to 'solve' Barcelona's problems

In their first European game since Messi's exit, the Catalans failed to register a shot on target in a Champions League match for the first time
14 September 2021, Spain, Barcelona: Munich's Leroy Sane (2nd L) and Barcelona's Eric Garcia battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group E soccer match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at Camp Nou Stadium. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa
Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane (2nd L) and Barcelona's Eric Garcia battle for the ball during Champions League match. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has called for patience and trust from the fanbase as he attempts to "solve" the Catalan giants' on and off the field problems.

Years of financial mismanagement caught up with Barca last month as they lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Antoine Griezmann was also sent back to title rivals Atletico Madrid on an initial loan amid a flurry of late activity in an attempt to help balance the books.

Barca's solid, if not spectacular, start to the LaLiga campaign, in which they have picked up seven points from a possible nine, helped lift the mood around Camp Nou somewhat.

But a crushing 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday – the first time Barca have lost their opening Champions League game in 23 seasons – has changed all that.

Sergi Roberto was booed by a section of his own supporters when being substituted off during the game, which captain Gerard Pique admitted left him feeling "hurt".

With supporter unrest growing during a tough period for the LaLiga heavyweights, Laporta issued a video statement on his social media channels on Wednesday.

A call for 'patience'

"Hello Cules. I am as disappointed and upset as all of you are," he said. "I need to tell you what is happening. This is one of the situations that we expected.

"I ask you all for your patience, and that you continue supporting our team. I also ask you to trust us, the people who are managing the club.

"We need your trust and time. Do not doubt that we will solve the situation."

Barca have lost three successive home games in European competition for the first time in their history, having also lost to Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou last season.

In their first European game since Messi's exit, the Catalans failed to register a shot on target in a Champions League match for the first time since Opta started recording such data in 2003-04.

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