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Pique remains coy on Barcelona treble talk

Pique remains coy on Barcelona treble talk

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has refused to get carried away by talk of a potential treble winning season.

The centre-back was speaking after his side’s 5-1 win over Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday evening which saw them progress to the quarter-finals, meaning they now have a chance to win in Europe, the Copa del Rey and Spanish league title this term.

“I have always liked playing in attack,” Pique told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“Sometimes I will see Luis Suarez looking fatigued so I will ask the Coach to put me up front, and I think I have the instinct to play in that position more often.

“Maybe I can convince the Coach to play me there more often…

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick? Big stars have a big influence for their teams and it is the same with us when you have Lionel Messi having so much importance.

“But individual players cannot win titles on their own and what he does is no normal, you can see that again tonight with two goals and two assists.

“Can we win the treble? It’s too early to talk about that but we are alive in all the competitions, we are in a similar position to a year ago so hopefully we can learn from that.”

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Lionel Messi was in typically superb form as he guided Barcelona past French side Lyon.

Two weeks ago Barcelona travelled to France for the first leg of this tie and failed to score, having a remarkable 21 shots on Lyon’s goal.

The visitors arrived confident knowing that a single goal would give them an advantage but they were undone by a wonderful performance from Messi, who scored two and created two.

The Argentine’s first goal came from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez had been hauled down by Jason Denayer and he would then combine with Suarez once more to play in Philippe Coutinho, who walked the ball over the line for Barca’s second.

Barca then kept knocking on the door for a third, but it was Lyon who scored next when Lucas Tousart half volleyed the ball past Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Messi was not finished though as he then ran at the heart of the Lyon defence, turning Denayer and Marcelo inside out, before finishing and sealing Barca’s route to the next round.

Messi would then turn provider as he played in Gerard Pique, who tapped home following one of his burstful runs from the back.

The result and performance from Barca was rounded off when Ousmane Dembele finished well, following a superb pass from Messi once more.