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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique says team urgently need win after Osasuna draw

Gerard Pique says Barcelona urgently need a win to kickstart their season after twice giving up the lead as they drew 2-2 with Osasuna in LaLiga on Sunday.

Youngsters Nico Gonzalez and Abde Ezzalzouli were on target for Barca, but Osasuna fought back at El Sadar with goals from David Garcia and Chimy Avila.

Barca are now without a win in three games under new coach Xavi Hernandez and, after being knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, have slipped to eighth in the league table.

“Like Xavi said [after the defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday], a new era is starting and it’s vital we start picking up points in LaLiga,” Pique told Movistar.

“We’re adrift [of the top four] and the more points we can make up in the coming weeks, the better. We competed today, but the result was a huge shame.

“Now it’s about winning, winning and winning. We are in a critical situation and it’s urgent that we get back to winning ways.”

Barca, who will play in the Europa League in the new year for the first time in 17 years, are now five points off fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and 15 behind leaders Real Madrid.

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