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Piqué: “There is no other club that’s able to keep going like we do”

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Gerard Piqué took a look at the current situation FC Barcelona are in a few days ahead of their Copa del Rey final against Sevilla at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. Copa del Rey final: “If we play the way we can, we have to win this match.” Marks for the season?. “We’ve achieved very high […]


19 de mayo de 2016 - Sportyou

Piqué

Gerard Piqué took a look at the current situation FC Barcelona are in a few days ahead of their Copa del Rey final against Sevilla at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Copa del Rey final: “If we play the way we can, we have to win this match.”

Marks for the season?. “We’ve achieved very high grades this season. Winning La Liga was an exceptional achievement. With the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup as well, if we can add the Copa del Rey then this will have been an excellent season. Everybody hopes we win the Champions League, but Barça have to win the Liga every year.”

On the newspaper headline that read “Zidane, champion of the Liga”. “Let them make movies there in Madrid, here we will continue on our path and keep adding titles to the museum.”

The double. “Winning the double every year? I’d sign up for that. If Madrid win the Champions League we will have to congratulate them because it’s an important competition.”

Contract extensions for Busquets and Neymar. “That’s very important. They are the present and the future of this club. We’re not going to be here for ever. It is players like Neymar who have to make this club great.”

On imitating Cristiano Ronaldo in the victory parade. “Maybe I did that, but I don’t remember. We all had a lot of fun on the ‘rua’ [victory parade].”

His reported row with Burgui at a discoteque. “I’m used to all this. We met there and we had a long chat. We spoke for a long time with no problems. Journalism needs to take a long, hard look at itself. People pick up ‘news’ here and there and if that’s the way things are going to continue, okay, let’s play it that way!”

Is winning all the time getting boring? “We have become a winning team and you get used to it and then it seems like winning things doesn’t cause so much exceitement. We are delighted to have won the league, but to win six out of eight is awesome. Nobody at this club had ever done that before.”

Kevin Gameiro. “Gameiro is a very quick player, he scores goals, breaks games and is surrounded by some very talented team-mates like Iborra, Reyes and Konoplyanka. And they’ve got an obsessive manager, who works hard on set pieces and we’ll have to be especially careful with those.”

The defence. “We’ve let in more goals this season, and we can improve in defence. The stats are still not bad, because last season was amazing. Given how much we are an attacking team, the number of goals we have conceded is not bad.”

The best and worst moments of the season. “The best moment was winning the Liga in Granada because it has been hotly contested and we’ve had to give the best of ourselves in the final games. We were under a lot of preessure. The worst moment? Getting knocked out of the Champions League because of what that tournament means and because we wanted to win the treble again. You can’t have everything in life.”

Centre-backs in the national team. “I’m with the boss on this one. The best one is Bartra for that spot. Of course, there are other centre-backs like Íñigo, Javi Martínez, San José. Bartra has not enjoyed a lot of playing time, but this is Barça and the manager has faith in him.”

Another final against Sevilla. “We are two teams that are very similar and have both stayed faithful to our style of playing throughout the whole season. I expect the game to be very similar to the European Super Cup match but we went into that one having played less beforehand.”

Ten years on from the Champions League victory in París. “This winning cycle will finish one day. Some seasons we will not win things. All eras come to an end. There is no other club that’s able to keep going like we do. I hope this winning era goes on and on for as long as possible but it will finish one day. .

Poeple want new champions. “Nobody’s interested in the same team always winnning, or that there is clear dominance for one team except for that club themselves. But it also means there is interest in other teams winning. We ourselves hope that this winning era continues for as long as possible, I’m having fun with it, like a little kid.”

The difference betweeen Real Madrid and Barça. “I don’t know where the difference lies. Right now we have the good luck to be the ones who are winning more. The difference is in talent and competitiveness. If you made a list of the players who have passed through here, well, in the next 50 years you won’t see as much talent as there has been in this team in the last few years.”

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