Ramos: Pique is who he is, there’s no changing him
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was joined by former captain Iker Casillas as they both defended beleaguered centre-back Gerard Pique.
In their pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2016 Qualifier against Macedonia, Ramos spoke about the whistles and jeers Pique has been subjected to after comments made against Real Madrid in Barcelona’s treble celebration, asking the press if they were going to ask any questions about Pique’s late night in Gijon, which also sparked controversy.
Obviously, Pique’s situation was the hot topic and Ramos address the reporters by defending his teammate and stating that Pique won’t change who he is and nor should he have to.
“We know Pique by now and we aren’t going to change him. Nor are we going to get into whether he was right or wrong. What is true is that the whistles don’t benefit anyone on or off the pitch. We’re here to represent our country, Spain and we need to stick together. Pique is beyond reproach because he’s given us everything on the pitch. When he steps on the pitch, he’s beyond reproach. The sooner we can forget all of this, the better because the more we talk about this the longer the situation drags on.”
Casillas also defended Pique, stressing that they must all put on a united front and try to quell the latest popular trend at Spain matches.
Nobody likes it when you’re teammate is getting booed. We need to forget about this as soon as possible. If Pique is putting on the Spain shirt, it’s because he wants to be here.”
Spain will take on Macedonia in Tuesday’s qualifying match, while the other story in Spain is that the RFEF has decided to reschedule Spain’s November 14th friendly against England from the Santiago Bernabeu to Alicante, due to the fear that Pique would be assaulted by boos from the Real Madrid faithful.