Del Bosque: We must defend Pique
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque once again defended centre-back Gerard Pique, who continues to bear the brunt of the fans for comments made mocking Real Madrid after their treble victory.
In his interview with Cadena SER on Monday evening, Del Bosque insists that he takes the fans’ treatment of Pique personally and feels the entire incident has been disappointingly been blown out of proportion.
“For me, what Pique said is something insignificant and I don’t want to make it even bigger than it already is. I’ve already said that I don’t like the whistles against Pique. He’s been an exemplary professional in his 70 games with Spain, including the 30 he played in the lower levels. This is something that’ll be hard to stop. We shouldn’t mix one thing with another [Football between Spain/Catalunya and the Barcelona/Real Madrid rivalry]. Pique’s situation has more to do with the Madrid-Barca rivalry than politics.
“Pique is a special lad and we need to defend him. If we stop playing him, then we’re showing we agree with those that think the opposite of us. What he’s done speaks more than the words he’s said.”
The Salamancan then spoke about the recent reports stating that the RFEF had decided to move Spain’s November 14th match against England scheduled to be held at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium to Alicante on the 13th due to the fear that Pique would be subjugated to insufferable jeers from the crowd, something he will undoubtedly face when Barcelona travel to the Spanish capital a week later.
“I had an idea that we might play in Alicante. They consulted with me, although the directors are the ones that make the final decision. I didn’t know they’d decided to change from playing at the Bernabeu. Hercules confirmed it? I don’t know anything about that nor do I want to know.”
Del Bosque then accepted blame for the lack of production from Diego Costa, stating that he’s a player that doesn’t necessarily fit to their style of play but they are desperately trying to find a solution and get him on the mark sooner rather than later.
“Perhaps his situation is our fault as well. We’re trying to find a solution.
“We have to do right by our squad and everyone is capable of playing for us. That’ll be the case against Macedonia.
“I have to think about the changes. Unfortunately, we haven’t had much time to recover. I don’t know who will be rotated but they’re all great players and those that will play, will give us an extra burst of energy.”
Del Bosque concluded by reiterating that he fully intends to step down from his post after the Euro 2016 tournament and hopes he’ll be able to leave, after reports stated that the RFEF will try to convince him to stay on until after the 2018 World Cup.
“My contract is up in 2016 and I hope it’s my final one.”