Pique confident of progress

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is confident the Spanish side can overcome Milan in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 19:18 Post Comment

Gerard Pique: Barcelona defender confident of beating Milan

Gerard Pique: Barcelona defender confident of beating Milan

The Italians travel to the Nou Camp with a 2-0 lead from the first leg and Barca have also recently suffered back-to-back defeats to arch rivals Real Madrid in the King's Cup semi-finals and in La Liga.

These three reverses have prompted suggestions that Barcelona are in decline, which have been dismissed by Pique.

"We aren't looking to shut up the critics," said the Spain international.

"We are the leaders in La Liga, 13 points ahead of second place. Real knocked us out in the Cup, but this can happen as they are a great team.

"The season has been brilliant. We want to win, for ourselves and for the fans. Not for all of you, to silence the critics.

"People have short memories. We have changed history in recent times, under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola.

"Only 10 or 12 years ago the fans went mad when a last-minute goal from Rivaldo qualified us for the Champions League. People should have confidence in this team. They have earned it."

Looking ahead to the game, Pique added: "We have five years experience of playing against teams who defend deep, and we know what to do. It is just Milan are specialists and do it very well and make it very tough.

"We will have to open up the pitch, move the ball quickly, make the most of a good, watered surface. I have confidence in the attacking players. If there is one thing this team does not lack, it is goals.

"We are a team who have always played with our heads and we will do the same. Perhaps in the last few minutes you have to play with the heart. We will go out and attack, but we won't be going mad."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd let me remind you, the first year City won the Premier League with Augero as their top goalscorer as well as scorer of the decisive goal on the last day of the season, he was pipped to the PFA Young Player Of The Year by.... Kyle Walker.

BlackSpider
Sergio Aguero: The Underrated Genius

W

ait, so now he can get injured when he's not on international duty? It's almost as if his previous injury could've happened at any time and being with the England squad had nothing to do with it.

sailingmagpie
New injury blow for Sturridge

J

ose, you are a man among delicate, sensitive rose petals.

middleoftheshed
'Humble' Jose responds to Roy

Footer 365

Premier League: Garry Monk frustrated after Swansea's defeat at Stoke

Garry Monk hit out at the officials following Swansea's defeat at Stoke, branding a debatable penalty call 'a disgrace'.

Serie A: AC Milan go fourth after win at Hellas Verona; Lazio beat Fiorentina

Keisuke Honda scored twice as AC Milan moved up to fourth in Serie A with a 3-1 win at Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Premier League: Stoke fight back to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia

Jon Walters came off the bench to head Stoke to a 2-1 win after coming from behind against Swansea at the Britannia.

Mail Box

Quick, What's Happening At Palace?

It looks like we might need to give a bit more coverage to Crystal Palace after one reader compiled the number of mentions for each club on F365. Plus, more complaining...

Of Course The Invincibles Underperformed

That was a bloody daft question according to the morning mailbox. Plus, how much has changed in the decade since Arsenal's Invincibles? And no more goals, hooray!

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property