Primera Liga: Gerard Pique still confident after third consecutive defeat


Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique insists the Blaugrana will win the Primera Liga title despite a 2-1 defeat at home to Valencia on Sunday. That was the fourth defeat in five competitive games for Barca, who saw their lead at the top of the league table go from nine points at the start of April to zero as Atletico Madrid are now tied with them on 76 points. They also got knocked out of the Champions League between the three consecutive league defeats.

"We can't be worried when you look at the way we're playing," Pique said. It's true that Barcelona had numerous chances to score against Valencia, including a huge opportunity for Pique himself during the closing minutes of the game. But Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves had an outstanding performance as Barca lost three league matches in a row for the first time since 2003. "If we play like this we'll win the league, I'm convinced of that," added Pique. "Although it's a step backwards, playing this well will help the team mentally. We've recovered the sensations from a month ago."

Real Madrid started the bad patch for Barca as they handed them the first defeat in 39 matches on April 2. Now Real Madrid have a title shot of their own as they are just one point behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The derby defeat was followed by a surprising 1-0 loss at Real Sociedad. "Feeling sorry for ourselves we won't win anything," head coach Luis Enrique said after Sunday's match. "I think we have criticised ourselves when it has been necessary, but today is not a day to criticise my players, it is a day to congratulate them," he added. "In the second half the players gave a lesson in how to face a situation like this. Until the 93rd minute they were trying to equalise and that is something to highlight. We've got a marvellous challenge. If we win the five games remaining we will be champions. If there is a team capable of doing it - and much more given what they have done - it is this Barca."

In fact, if Barcelona win their remaining five league matches they will be crowned champions. The bookmakers think they can do it, Barcelona are 1/2 at Bet365 to secure the Primera Liga title.

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  • Slovenia mannixx

    19/4/16

    He has a low form definatly i dont know what is going on with Mathieu and Vermaelen, Barcelona desperately needs good central back. Luis Enrique is the least responsible for bad form of Barcelona,it is noticable really bad form from Messi and Neymar.

  • Serbia nik92

    19/4/16

    In recent times they playing very bad, and deserved to have dropped out of the Champions League. Messi doesn't play on the right wing, but he enters in the middle, and this is the key of bad games.
    Pique laughed at Real Madrid and his players, but karma is amazing.
    Generally I think that Barcelona has no real leader on the pitch and in the dressing room, something like the former center-back Carles Puyol.
    Once when they start to lose their very hard return to match. This was evident in the last match against Valencia.

  • Serbia Milaneli

    19/4/16

    I'm so glad people are now mocking Barcelona on social media and all around the internet. Just few weeks ago, Gerard Pique was mocking to Real Madrid and other teams all around the Europe, and now it is time for him to feel it on his own skin. Even after that goal chance he had versus Valencia in the lategame when he shoot way away from the goal I was mocking to him. Barca needs to pick up where they left off in February and start winning again. Otherwise all what they have built during the season will fall into the water.

  • Alexa Alexa

    21/4/16

    Gerard Pique is one of the most important players in FC Barcelona.He is by far their best stopper.He has won everything that can be won in football,multiple times.He definitely knows they should not loose their focus and they should just keep believing in themselves.Everything is still in their hands.

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    4/5/16

    Obviously Barcelona made the life difficult for themselves after series of bad results lately even if they do keep the first place in Primera it won't be as easy as should be and definitely won't be very confidently because all the tension is now on them. I think with this statement Pique tries to bring confidence to his team mates and even to himself alone.

  • Montenegro scepan7

    5/8/16

    I'm sorry because Spain lose a game in the last 3 championships . This is a big failure for them. These are players who are great champions. I'm not sure what 's wrong with their team . Maybe change of coach brought something new to the team . I'm sure that he needed a good striker like Villa . Torres is not as good as he once was.
    Spain has great players like Iniesta , Mata , Silva , Ramos ...

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