Gerard Piqué and FC Barcelona are back to work with Ernesto Valverde as the new boss. The Blaugranas are looking forward to starting a new season trying to beat Real Madrid, the great champions last season. Piqué was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid in his tour in Japan and he answered some interesting things.
First of all, Piqué was asked about the Golden Ball and who deserved this. No one doubts that the trophy will go to Cristiano Ronaldo, who did a great Champions League scoring in all important games: “Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League and La Liga, so he’s the favourite. Messi is considered the best player of the history and then there are other options. We’ll see”, the captain admitted.
Piqué also spoke about the great rivalry between these two giants: “The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona is great. Ramos defends Real Madrid and I do with Barcelona, so when we face each other we try to defend our colours. When we go with the national team, we fight together”, the defender explained about his relationship with Sergio Ramos.
Piqué also criticized a lot their behaviour in the last season: “We haven’t met the expectations. We wanted to win all the trophies possible, but sometimes you cannot do it. We have to make an extra effort this season, new players came in and we are hopeful. We cannot know what happened last season. We cannot name a coach or a player. It’s a mixture of everything. Sometimes it’s about training more or less, the luck, the injuries… different circumstances along a year”, Piqué said in the interview.
We are about to start a new season and we’ll see more Clásicos than ever. Just in the pre-season tour in the United States, Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet on the 29th of July at Miami. Then, both clubs will play the Spanish Supercup the 13th of August at Camp Nou and 16th of August at Santiago Bernabéu. Then, obviously, we’ll have to wait to see their clashes in La Liga and, perhaps, in Copa del Rey and Champions League.