BARCELONA | GERARD PIQUÉ
“Winning the league won’t depend on the referees” – Piqué
The Barça centre-back said the refs are impartial and the squad isn’t short: “We have a team. Even with the injuries we went to a hard ground and won”.
“Barcelona winning la Liga or not won’t depend on the referees. They are 100% impartial”, said Gerard Piqué at a Poker Stars promotional event. The first Liga match day was not without its controversy with a non-existent penalty on Luis Suarez that Messi missed in Bilbao and Ronaldo’s profligacy in Gijón. The central defender was handed a four-match ban for insulting a linesman in the Supercopa against Athletic. He completed the first of the four against the very same opposition in the Liga. The ban is awaiting appeal; “I´m optimistic, and I hope it’ll be reduced, it’s hard not being able to help the team”.
Piqué denied that the squad is lacking: “We have a team. Even with the injuries we went to a hard ground and won. Saying that there’s no depth is looking for the negative. The world doesn’t end if you lose one match”.
He also talked about Pedro: “He wants to keep winning and to keep being important. I wish him all the best”.
On Barça’s chances this season he said: “We’ve won five of the last seven ligas and we’re going for the eight”.