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Pique and Valverde involved in bust-up after latter fails to press Roma

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde had a fall-out during the defeat to Roma after the former called on his boss to put more pressure on the Italian side. Sport have confirmed that Pique called for Valverde to instruct his team to change their tactics and press the Serie A side, however, the former Athletic Club coach is said to have reacted angrily to the centre-back and told him to stay out his way. Pique, who has a big influence in the Barca dressing room is said to have been…

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Lionel Messi La Liga News 

Barcelona trio set for Thursday medical tests

There is cause for concern in Barcelona as Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Gerard Pique will all undergo medical tests on Thursday. All three will return from international duty on Thursday morning and will immediately undergo tests on their respective injuries to determine how long they may be sidelined for. Initial impressions have suggested that none of the trio have serious major issues, but it remains to be seen if Ernesto Valverde will risk them when Barcelona travel to face Sevilla this weekend. Wednesday’s training session saw the return…

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Gerard Pique opens up over Pep Guardiola departure

Gerard Pique has opened up over his strained relationship with former manager Pep Guardiola. The Barcelona defender enjoyed a trophy-laden spell under Guardiola, winning the treble in his first season at the club. Pique became an instant hit at the Nou Camp, forming a formidable defensive partnership with Carlos Puyol. However, despite winning seven major titles under Guardiola, Pique admits the two had a strained relationship. This follows four years under ‘Pep’ after joining from Manchester United in 2008. After winning every trophy in Spain, the 31 year-old confessed to…

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News Spain 

WC Russia 2018: Who will make the Spain squad? – Friendly enemies to partner up in defence

Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos will partner up for Spain this summer in Russia as the Barcelona and Real Madrid men look to win the World Cup. Following on from our first and second feature on who will make the Spain squad; we now take a look at the centre-back options for Julen Lopetegui. The two defender’s have been at a war of words over the past few years, having been at logger heads in La Liga for their respective clubs. Whilst, Spanish press love to cast doubt over their…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

Gerard Pique to be handed a rest as Barca treble plans take shape

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is to be handed a rest by boss Ernesto Valverde as the club’s chances of a treble are beginning to take shape. The busy past couple of months now approaches for Barca, who are set for a possible treble, having reached the Copa del Rey final, become favourites to win the Champions League and the La Liga title, where they have a healthy point lead over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid. Pique has been in typically outstanding form, so much so, having seen Valverde play him when…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

RFEF investigate Pique for Espanyol celebration

The Spanish FA (RFEF) have opened an investigation into Gerard Pique’s celebration for Barcelona against Espanyol earlier this month. After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals two weeks ago. His header leveled the score after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the…

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Mikel San Jose Athletic Bilbao Blog Spain 

Mikel San Jose: Supporting Independence and playing for Spain are not mutually exclusive

Spanish unity has become a very delicate subject in recent years. Particularly since the attempts by the northeast region of Catalonia to vote on independence resulted in violence last October. Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose is from the northern Basque region of Spain, another fiercely autonomous region. The Basque region has its own violent history with ETA (an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), a nationalist and separatist organization that originally promoted Basque culture and ultimately morphed into a terrorist group. Incredibly, San Jose recounted a story of when he was 16 years old…

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La Copa News 

Valverde on Copa final, Pique and busy January

Ernesto Valverde has discussed his side’s win over Valencia on Thursday, which booked their fifth Copa del Rey final in a row. Luis Suarez’s close range header in the second half in the first leg at the Camp Nou last week gave Barca a slender advantage to take to Valencia but Los Che were by no means out of the tie. The best chance of the first half fell the way of Valencia when Rodrigo saw his header come crashing off the underside of the bar with Jasper Cillessen in…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

Bartomeu defends Pique after Catalan Derby celebration

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has defended Gerard Pique over his celebration against Espanyol on Sunday. After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Gerard Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals on Sunday. His header leveled the scores after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the past years…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

Tebas criticises Pique’s celebration at Espanyol

After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Gerard Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals on Sunday. His header leveled the scores after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the past years chanting about Pique, his wife Shakira and their children with abusive songs and he is often…

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