Gerard Piqué: “It Is The First Time In Nine Years I’ve Felt Inferior To Real Madrid”

Gerard Piqué: “It Is The First Time In Nine Years I’ve Felt Inferior To Real Madrid”
Aug 17, 2017

Barcelona La Liga News

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate last night with goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema sealing the win for the Spanish and European champions at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The story surrounding the game was Cristiano Ronaldo’s five-game ban for pushing the referee in the first leg. This meant that the Portuguese superstar would be watching from the stands. Madrid boss Zidane left Isco and Gareth Bale on the bench for Sunday’s La Liga opener against Valencia.

Real Madrid took the lead just four minutes into the game, Marco Asensio’s wonderful 35-yard effort flew past a motionless Marc-André ter Stegen. Karim Benzema doubled Los Blancos’ lead six minutes from half time. The French striker flicked Marcelo’s cross, turned Barçelona defender Samuel Umtiti inside out before smashing it home past Ter Stegen.

Real eased off in the second half, and Barca improved slightly as a result. Barcelona created better chances in the second period but the game was gone. Messi hit the bar; Suárez had one blocked, another saved and nodded wide at the far post.

After the game, Barça defender Gerard Piqué confessed: “In the nine years I’ve been here, it’s the first time I feel inferior to Real Madrid. We’re not having our best time as a team or a club.” he added.

We thought they’d play with two forwards and not three, like they did in the first leg,” “They pressed very high and were better than us at the beginning. After that, it set the tone [of the match].

We’re not having our best time as a team or a club. We should be as close to each other as possible and paddle forward.” We must live with this defeat and accept that Madrid are better than us. The season’s very long and there’s room for improvement.”

Still, in the nine years I’ve been here, it’s the first time I feel inferior to Madrid. It’s true that they’ve won the Champions League, but we came here and won not that long ago.

Barcelona kick off their La Liga campaign on August 20 at home to Real Betis. The Blaugrana seek to reclaim their league champions crown after their underwhelming campaign last season.

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