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.”
HECTOR BELLERIN LIKELY TO REPLACE DANI CARVAJAL IN EURO 2016
Real Madrid and Spanish defender, Dani Carvajal is in danger of missing the Euro 2016 billed to start in a matter of days in France.
The player picked up an injury during the UEFA champions League final over the weekend. Tests after the game revealed the player is suffering from a leg muscle injury.
Gerard Pique remains confident on Barca
Despite dropping numerous points in the last few games, defender Gerard Pique remains confident that Barcelona will be able to retain the Spanish league title.
The club has lost four out of the last five games. The latest defeat came at the Camp Nou to Valencia. Despite coming up against a struggling outfit who had just undergone a managerial change, Barcelona were soundly beaten 2-1. The loss has allowed Atletico Madrid moved level on points with the Catalan club. However, the title still remains Barcelona’s to lose since they have a better head-to-head record over Atletico.
Bayern Munich have been enjoying a tough time
Bayern Munich have been enjoying a tough time of late and this has enabled Borussia Dortmund to close the gap at the top of the table to just five points.
Only a few weeks ago, it looked like the German giants were running away with the Bundesliga once again. They have won the league title Guardiola took charge in 2013. Even though they have been unsuccessful in Europe, this has been a pride for the Spanish manager who is set to leave the club in the summer. He will want to go out with a hat-trick of league titles, but Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel may have other ideas.
Gerard Pique is yet to win in his career
One title that Gerard Pique is yet to win in his career is the Club World Cup and he is pretty keen to win it this time around.
Barcelona has qualified for Club World Cup 2016 as the champions of Europe and they will start their tournament tomorrow by directly playing the semi final match against the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Guangzhou has made the semis by beating Club De Football America.
According to Pique, Club World Cup is a peculiar tournament in the sense that it provides the players the opportunity to play against the sides which they don’t get to play against normally.
Gerard Pique has become one of the world’s most successful players
Gerard Pique has become one of the world’s most successful players at just 28 years of age.
Few would have expected the Spaniard to achieve so many trophies in the game when he left Barcelona as a youngster. His trophy laden spell started with Manchester United where he won numerous titles including the Champions League and the Premier League. Of course, his best spell came when he returned to Barcelona and oversaw an immensely successful spell under Pep Guardiola. So far in his career, Pique has collected more than 20 major honours and that includes the World Cup and the European Championship as well.
Diego Simeone believes that his team were extremely good
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes that his team were extremely good in the recent game over Sevilla and it was not a surprise to see them grab a 3-0 win.
After only managing a narrow 1-0 win over Las Palmas in the opening game of the campaign, there was a real need of statement from the former league champions. Their title defence did not materialise last season and Diego Simeone is someone that his team needs to perform consistently in order to be considered as real title contenders. A good start to the season was also essential since the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are virtual certainties to do the same.
Gerard Pique has become the target of his own supporters
Spain defender Gerard Pique has become the target of his own supporters due to the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The two clubs provide a significant portion of the players to the Spanish national team. This has led to talk of a rift between players of the two camps. It has not been the case, as Spain have been united in their domination of world football over the last 10 years.Pique has had criticisms over poor form in the 2014-15 campaign, but he recovered sufficiently to help Barcelona win the treble. During the victory celebrations, however,Pique was seen targeting Cristiano Ronaldo for his failure to win any title.