Gary Lineker reveals how he learned of the ‘enormous pressure’ Barcelona players are under on his first day of training

Gary Lineker reveals how he learned of the ‘enormous pressure’ Barcelona players are under on his first day of training


Gary Lineker has shed light on just how much pressure Barcelona players are under.

The former England striker arrived at the Camp Nou in 1986 and had a successful three-year spell there, winning the Copa del Rey and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, two of Britain's finest strikers in the 80s, in Barcelona colours

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Lineker (right) arrived at Barcelona alongside Mark Hughes

These days Barca are one of the biggest clubs in the world with fans becoming accustomed to constant success, especially under Pep Guardiola’s management.

But the pressure has always been around in Catalonia says Lineker, who revealed he became aware how demanding it was going to be on his first training session for the club.

He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s a huge club, it’s a giant and there’s enormous amount of pressure on all the players.

“We often hear about the pressure on players here but it’s something else at Barca.

“From the first day that I arrived, Mark Hughes arrived at the same time, and they said the first training session was at the Camp Nou as it was presentation day, where fans come along to watch the new players in training.

“So we got in there and there’s about 65,000 people there!

“That was a little bit different, just for a training session, five-a-side…”

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Barca’s reputation hit a huge low last week as they were served up a awful Champions League humiliation, losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich.

The result, coupled with losing out on the LaLiga title to Real Madrid, cost Quique Setien his job as Barcelona boss but Lineker claims he saw the kind of result coming.

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It’s the biggest margin of defeat Barca have ever suffered in the competition

He added: “Luckily for Barcelona that game wasn’t played in front of their own fans because honestly, after 10-20 minutes they’d have had the pañuelos blancos, which is the white handkerchief. They all wave them and they all whistle, which is quite deafening, especially if it’s targeted at you!

“They are deeply unhappy with the way the team’s playing in Barcelona.

“You could see it coming. I watch pretty much every Barcelona game and all season they’ve been really struggling. Their football’s been dour.”






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