Gerard Piqué made a solemn promise to Real Madrid a few days before the Clasico!
Gerard Pique has made it clear that he hopes to return from injury in time to face Real Madrid in the Clasico on Saturday April 10. He sends a message to the merengue club, saying he will be ready soon.
The Barcelona defender suffered a ligament sprain in his side’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Sevilla, but it was hoped he would be back by now.
“I will try to play against Real Madrid. I will go day after day,” Pique told TV3’s Nexes show.
“I will try to be there as soon as possible, but not especially for Real Madrid.”
Asked about winning and losing in football, Pique explained that lessons can be learned from both, but more from losses. He highlighted Barcelona’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield in 2019, which knocked Barca out of the Champions League, with the Catalan club losing 4-3 on aggregate.
“To win is to achieve something: a sporting victory, a triumph in his personal life,” he said.
“Maybe it was a big or a small effort. You learn as you grow up. As a child, you are taught to compete and have fun. You have to find a balance between winning and being happy.
“My dad didn’t make me obsessed with winning. In football he never told me I had to do better or that I had to win. He was demanding, but there was no obligation to win. It is easier to know how to win than to know how to lose.
“We are taught to respect others from an early age, but then you have to put it into practice. You have to be a gentleman in victory and in defeat.
“We had painful defeats [à Barcelone]. One of the most painful is that of Liverpool [lorsque Barcelone a perdu 4-0]. It’s difficult.
“There are those who explode … Sometimes you are not prepared. Usually in life you lose more than you gain. Defeat is part of life.”
Pique has won all of the major trophies available, but there are two that he places above the rest.
“Any Champions League shines the most,” Pique noted.
“Also the World Cup, because it had never happened before.
“Winning is great, but what’s left are the experiences. The honors list is good, but the important thing is the travel.”