PIQUE WANTS TO TOP GROUP
Gerard Pique is willing to play through the pain barrier tomorrow night if it helps Barcelona to top their Champions League group. Having been drawn with Italian champions AC Milan this would be no mean feat, but Pique insists it is necessary if they are to top the group and avoid the big teams in the next round.
This all means they need to win against BATE on Tuesday. “The three points are super important because we have to aspire to topping the group, which is important for possible match-ups in the next round” Pique told the Barca website.
SHAKIRA HAILS PIQUE
Pop singer Shakira has praised the fighting spirit of her boyfriend Gerard Pique. Shakira made mention of the Spanish soccer club again when she recalled that some of the hundreds of Israeli and Arab children who on Tuesday welcomed her to a bilingual school in Jerusalem were wearing Barcelona jerseys.
“This visit is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of how to raise our children,” the superstar said.
Shakira is participating in the inaugural session of a forum of conferences sponsored by Israeli President Shimon Peres and entitled “Facing the 2011 of tomorrow,” an initiative that – among other things – provides a forum for discussing strategies to guarantee protection and education for children.
PIQUE WANTS REPEAT OF 2009
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that his team can repeat the success of 2009 by winning many trophies believes.
That season, Barcelona emerged champions of La Liga finishing nine points ahead of runners-up Real Madrid, won the Copa del Rey with a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the final, and came out on top in the UEFA Champions League final, winning 2-0 against Manchester United.
MIQUEL WANTS TO BE LIKE PIQUE
Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel has told that he wants to be playing in the same way as Gerard Pique in the future after joining Arsenal, according to the Free Football Bets website.
Miquel, 18, has been compared to Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, with Wenger signing the defender in 2008 from Catalan minnows UD Cornelia beating off competition from Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid to sign the coveted starlet who had begun his career at the Barcelona academy, La Masia, like captain Cesc Fabregas.
PIQUÉ ENJOYING LIFE
Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique has said that he is enjoying life at the Catalan club. Piqué is the rare central defender who has the chance to become a breakout global sports star. He’s good at what he does. He wins. He even scores a few goals. And away from the field he’s a handsome guy who gives interesting interviews in Spanish, Catalan and, yes, English, as I found out when we spoke for half an hour on Tuesday.
PIQUE DENIES RIFT
Gerard pique has denied that there is a rift between him and Daniel Alves. The duo appeared to become involved in a heated exchange which continued for a spell, with the Brazilian in particular unhappy with the Spanish international, and he appeared to let him know his opinion.
Addressing the media afterwards, the full-back said that the pair had already resolved their differences and that the incident had been forgotten.
He commented: “Pique and I have already solved it, our pulses were running too high, but in the end nothing happened.
PIQUE IN TEAM OF THE YEAR
Gerard Piqué has made it into the team of the year 2010 after an impressive season. Barcelona players keep getting individual accolades. David Villa was named Male Sportsman of the Year by USSA and now five of his teammates have been selected in L’Équipe (a reputed French newspaper) team of the year: four world champions with Spain, and Lionel Messi – the most talented player of the current generation of footballers.
MALDINI PRAISES PIQUE
AC Milan legend Maldini has said that Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique is the best in world. Interviewed in L’Equipe, the 41-year-old was particularly expansive about his views on football a year after his retirement from the professional game.
“When I see Messi play, in my opinion, he should win the Ballon d’Or every year. He is an unbelievable player.
“I like Gerrard Pique a lot. He has class. He knows how to defend and also how to score. He is perfect in a duo with Carles Puyol.
PIQUE DOES NOT WANT COMPARISON
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists it’s ‘absurd’ to compare Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi. The central defender has remarked that the difference between the duo is so great that there isn’t even any point in discussing the matter.
“Right now, there is so much difference, and [Messi] has shown each day that there does not have to be any debate. Sometimes the debates are so absurd that it seems impossible that they even arise,” he said, as quoted by AS at the launch of his book in Barcelona city centre.
PIQUE HAS CONFIDENCE IN CESC
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is convinced Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas will sign for his club one day. Pique, who was one of a group of Spain players to force Fabregas to wear a Barca shirt during their World Cup celebrations in July, believes his friend will play for the club sooner or later.
“Cesc will one day sign for Barca,” he said.
Pique also waded into the debate about the size of Barcelona’s squad, which was criticised after it was shorn of several first-team players for the 3-1 Supercopa defeat to Sevilla.