Pique: We’ll celebrate tonight, but tomorrow it’s back to work
Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique admits that while the team is elated to have won the Copa del Rey over Athletic Club Bilbao, they won’t spend much time celebrating as the Champions League final is just a mere seven days away and they must be fully prepared.
In his post-match interview just after cutting the goal’s net, Pique spoke about the win and insists that they will now prepare for their match against Juventus, as they did against Athletic Bilbao, as if they were preparing to face Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.
“We’ll enjoy this tonight and tomorrow we’ll start preparing for the Champions League final, the most important and prestigious final. Winning that would give us a perfect season, with the double, we can now say this has been a great season.
“We prepared very well for this match. Athletic, our opponent, has a lot of history and while there may be more powerful opponents in Spain, we prepared for them as if they were Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid. They closed things off well in the attack.”
Pique went on to praise his long-time teammate and friend Leo Messi, who scored one of the most brilliant goals of his storied Barcelona career.
“I’ve been watching Messi for many, many years and enjoying it. That was a golazo, a señor goal.”
Pique concluded by discussing Neymar’s attempted rainbow flick at the end of the match and understands why Athletic Bilbao took serious offense to the play and doesn’t feel it was the right moment for the Brazilian to try it.
“Let’s not make a big deal of it, it’s a minor issue, Neymar probably shouldn’t have gone for something so spectacular.”