Although it’s not final, defender Gerard Pique knows that the win in Valencia is "key" in the chase for the third consecutive league title. He is aware that: "The lead we have is important."
"I'd like to be valued only on sporting matters"
Gerard Piqué has been, in recent weeks, the focus of attention for his private life. The Barcelona
player said that "I would like people to value me solely on sporting aspects, but I can handle it."
At the end of the game against Valencia the team got together on the pitch to celebrate the win
that gave them three important points in the title race. Gerard Pique, who attended a press
conference this lunchtime, knows that Valencia has been a difficult ground to go to in recent years
and hence the reaction of the team "at the way we did it, on the pitch in the state it was in". The
Barcelona central defender added that "it was very important to win there and strike a blow, we are
in a very good position in the league."
Careful with Zaragoza
Now it’s time to think about the next game, Zaragoza, who visit
the Camp Nou on Saturday. They play against Barca after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1. Piqué warned
that "they’ll be highly motivated in the Camp Nou…. We have to concentrate on this
match to carry on the good work". He knows that a win would be "a step towards the league title."
Piqué didn’t want to think about the game against Arsenal next Tuesday, and
didn’t want to downplay the confrontation with Zaragoza: "We have to think first about
Saturday's match, with 3 important points at stake, it won’t be easy."
Gerard Piqué also appreciated the fact that Pep Guardiola was in Valencia despite
suffering the back pain that forced him to be admitted to hospital last night. "It was important he
came with us, to be the team. He’s a key figure in the dressing room," said Pique, who
believes that "he’ll get better because he’s mentally very strong."
Busquets, and the pitch
In Valencia Gerard Pique shared central defensive duties with Sergio
Busquets. The defender praised Sergio’s versatility. "We know his quality. He’s a great
player and has all the qualities to play as a central defender. He performs brilliantly both as
defensive midfielder or central defender”.
Piqué also complained about the poor state of the pitch in Valencia. The Barcelona central
defender suggested that the federation should “introduce some standards so that all pitches
have to be in a minimally decent state".
Tuesday ? - he’d bet on Puyol
Although he hasn’t spoken to Carles Puyol or the doctors, Gerard Pique
believes that the captain will recover in time and will be ready for Tuesday and the match against
Arsenal. "Knowing Puyol I’d bet on it " said his friend and teammate, and added that
"he’ll give everything to be there." Piqué won’t be of course, as he is suspended for