Pique Supports Two-Week Break
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique decided to give striker Neymar rest after his recent Olympic exertions. Neymar was the face of the Brazilian national team that was chasing Olympic gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This was the only medal missing from the Brazilian national team cabinet.
It was especially important given the recent poor performances by the national team at major tournaments like the World Cup and Copa America. Even though this was a tournament for the under 23 team, Neymar was picked as part of the three overage players. Barcelona went along with the wishes of the player so as to give him a great opportunity to win Olympic gold.
STONES SIMILAR TO GERARD PIQUE
The former coach of Aston Villa and Norwich Paul Lambert compares Everton’s John stones to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Lambert feels both player have a similar way of playing football.
Gerard Pique’s form might not be as it used to be but the Spain international remains a crucial member of the team. He was part of the World Cup winning squad of 2010 and has lifted the UEFA Champions League three times with Barcelona.
MASCHERANO BACK IN FOR BARCA
La Liga champions Barcelona are set to face surprise English Premier League champions Leicester City. Javier Mascherano has returned to join the squad as the round up their pre season friendly games ahead of the new season.
Barcelona will face Leicester in Stockholm on Wednesday after previous warm up games against Scottish champions Celtic FC. They defeated them 3-1 with Arda Turan and Munir scoring, then an own goal from Efe Ambrose.
PIQUE ADMITS SPAIN’S ERA HAS PASSED
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits that his country’s era might have passed after the team’s poor performance at the Euro 2016 where they were knocked out by Italy in the Round of 16. The player admitted that the team no longer had that certain edge that helped the country with its back to back successes.
He called for a big reflection after the tournament so they could collectively fix the problem. Pique was quoted saying: “We have to be realistic; we don’t have the level that we had a couple of years ago when we were the champions of Europe and champions of the world.
“We have young players coming through who are very promising, veterans who have to keep on bringing experience and talent to the team.”
BARCA DEALT BLOW
Barcelona have been dealt a major blow ahead of the crucial Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid with the news that defender Gerard Pique could miss up to 4 weeks of action after suffering a fractured hip.
He is one of the important players at the club and it only grew after the absence of Carlos Puyol who will now leave the club at the end of the season. Pique had been playing along with Javier Mascherano, who is midfielder by trade, in order to solve the defensive crisis at the club.
STUNNING 4-3 WIN
Barcelona managed a stunning 4-3 win over archrivals Real Madrid in the latest El Clasico, which has been one of the best in recent decades.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in this match, as Barcelona closed the gap to their rivals to just one point. Despite this win, the club remains third in the league behind the two Madrid teams. The victory, however, has given the Catalan club a huge amount of confidence according to defender Gerard Pique, who returned to the match just-in-time from an injury.
Pique In Favor Of Barcelona
Warnings have been made by Gerard Pique to Manchester City that it faces a threat not only from Lionel Messi but from all over the pitch of Barcelona. Pique is eagerly looking forward to his arrival back to England and mentions that Barcelona is just not dependent upon Argentinean player Messi, but also on the Brazilian striker, Neymar along with Alexis Sanchez and Pedro in the team.
A few people might have been stunned to see Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the Ballon d’Or trophy a few weeks back, but, Gerard Pique is not one of them. He had the expectation that the Portuguese superstar would grab the award this time around.
It’s the Barcelona striker Lionel Messi who had been winning this prestigious award since the last 4 years and he was a strong contender to win it again, but, that didn’t happen eventually as Ronaldo ended up getting a bit more votes than him.
Pique who has played with Ronaldo in the past when both of them were at Old Trafford said that he likes the way the 28 years old forward plays the game and he respects him both as a player and as an individual.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit out to the players that are ‘’unhappy’’ in the Catalan club as he specifically mentioned Tello and Montoya not going through the best of times and having limited playing time with the club.
Pique says ”I understand Tello and Montoya, but this is Barca and we all fight for our starting place. The exit door is always open if you aren’t happy.”
Despite suffering from 2 consecutive matches, Pique says that the team is upbeat and not focusing on the past.
”We’re playing better with each game, so we should feel confident.”
PIQUE BACKS BALE
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has surprised everyone by saying that he feels that the new Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale will be a hit at the Santiago Bernebeu.
Bale was recently signed for a world record transfer fee of £ 86 million from Tottenham. Real Madrid were also the holders of the previous record because of the Cristiano Ronaldo’s £ 80 million transfer from Manchester United in 2009. Bale has linked with Real Madrid for more than two months now, but there was a lot of hindrance in completing the move.