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Gerard Pique asked Barcelona’s supporters for some patience after the players were jeered off the pitch following Tuesday’s goalless draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

Barca had the best chances at Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi hitting the bar and visiting goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar forced into a string of fine saves. However, they were unable to break the Czech side down as they failed to score in a home game for the first time since February 2018.

The local fans grew increasingly unsettled as the match drew on. Ousmane Dembele was whistled when he was taken off on the hour mark and even louder whistles greeted the full-time whistle.

“I would ask for a little patience,” Pique told Movistar after the game. “I know the fans want more, we understand that, but we’re working hard to find the solutions. Not so much in terms of results, but in terms of how we’re playing.

“Everyone has their own opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time here now and when the supporters expect things to go better and they don’t, there is some criticism.

“We [the players] are trying to resolve these situations as quickly as possible. We have to keep cool heads. I think we are in a good position. We’re top of La Liga and our Champions League group. We’re not playing as well as we expect. The results aren’t bad, but they could be better. We do have to improve.”

Gerard Pique heard the boobirds at Camp Nou after Barcelona's goalless draw.

Barca have eight points from their four Champions League games so far. A win from either of their last two games, at home to Borussia Dortmund and away to Inter Milan, will see them reach the last 16.

Asked if the Spanish champions are capable of winning the competition the way they’re playing, Pique added: “It’s difficult to say right now but there have been times when we’ve not looked good in the past and we’ve ended up winning trophies.

“With Luis Enrique, it looked like things weren’t working for the first six months and then we won the Treble.”

Coach Ernesto Valverde said that “it’s good that they’re demanding” when asked about the fans’ reaction to Tuesday’s draw, while defender Clement Lenglet said they’re entitled to express their opinions.

“The supporters have the right to express what they feel and we have to accept what they say,” the French defender told reporters. “We’re going through a difficult moment.”

Barca host Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday before the next international break. They are sweating on the fitness of Jordi Alba (hamstring) and Sergio Busquets (stomach problem), both of whom were unable to finish the match against Slavia.

Luis Suarez, who sat out the game against the Czechs, is also a doubt with a calf injury.

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Arda Turan is on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir from Barcelona.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, on loan with Turkish club Basaksehir, has been handed a suspended prison sentence for firing a gun to cause fear and panic, illegal possession of weapons and intentional injury.

The court sentenced Turan to two years and eight months in prison, but he will not serve that term unless he commits a crime in the next five years.

Turan was involved in a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Sahin in an Istanbul nightclub late last year, leaving the singer with a broken nose. Turan later arrived at the hospital with a gun which he fired at the ground, causing panic.

Basaksehir said they had fined the 31-year-old 2.5 million Turkish lira over the incident.

He joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for €34m in 2015, winning four trophies, making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Catalan club.

Turan has played for Turkey 100 times and scored 17 goals for his country.

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Lionel Messi, left, congratulates Arturo Vidal after scoring a goal for Barcelona against Getafe.

Spanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first La Liga game since a humbling defeat by Liverpool sent them crashing out of the Champions League semifinals.

Sunday’s result meant little to Barca, who clinched an eighth Liga title in 11 seasons two weeks ago, but it could prove fatal to Getafe’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time as they dropped one place to fifth.

Valencia leapfrogged Getafe into fourth due to their superior head-to-head record after beating Alaves 3-1 and will snatch the final Champions League spot if they win at Real Valladolid in their final game of the season next week.

Barcelona’s Chilean Arturo Vidal opened the scoring near the end of the first half, poking a loose ball home after Gerard Pique’s flicked header was parried by Getafe keeper David Soria.

Barca’s second came in the 90th minute thanks to an own goal after captain Lionel Messi combined with Sergi Roberto and beat two players before his shot got a final touch off Djene Dakonam.

Only 57,000 people turned up at the 99,000 capacity ground for the game, which turned into a forum for fans to vent their frustrations at Barca’s 4-0 surrender at Anfield on Tuesday.

Forward Philippe Coutinho suffered the bulk of the whistles and boos after his poor display against his old club Liverpool while veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets was also subjected to the same when he misplaced several passes in the first half.

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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has defended Ousmane Dembele at the end of another difficult week for the France forward, saying all players make mistakes when they are young.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the club are concerned over elements of Dembele’s lifestyle and he was left out of the squad for Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Real Betis after missing training earlier in the week.

Barca said Dembele missed Thursday’s session with an illness but local media reports said they had been unable to locate him for an hour and a half before finally establishing that he was at home with a stomach bug, and Pique said his exclusion by manager Ernesto Valverde should serve as a lesson.

“It’s the coach’s decision [not to call him up],” Pique said. “He has a lot of talent and a lot of room to improve. If the coach doesn’t call him up, it’s to help him improve. We’re all here to help him. We’ve all been young like him, we’ve all made mistakes like him.

“From experience, you have to teach [the young players] that football lasts for all 24 hours of the day — you have to live it from the first minute until the last. I am sure he knows that and that he will keep improving with time.”

Ousmane Dembele has struggled to find his feet since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

Barca director Guillermo Amor said to make it at Camp Nou, you have to go the extra mile.

“All the professionals at the club always have to keep moving forward,” Amor said. “They have to live the profession and work hard every day to play. At Barcelona, you have to prove yourself every day — in games and in training.

“It takes a lot to play for Barcelona, a lot. There are a lot of good players. You have to play where you’re told, the minutes you’re given and when you’re not playing you have to be patient and wait for your chance. You have to be ready when it comes.”

Dembele started the season well, scoring five goals in his first six appearances, but has not started a league game since Sept. 29 since being replaced in the side by Arthur Melo.

He did score in last weekend’s comeback win over Rayo Vallecano as a substitute and started against Inter in the Champions League in midweek before missing training on Thursday.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Barca still have no plans to sell him — despite reported interest from several Premier League sides — and hope that as he gets older he will become more aware of what’s needed to make it at one of Europe’s biggest clubs.