Gerard Pique did not add the words ‘on a cold Tuesday night’ but that is the implication when he says Barcelona would not win the Premier League.
The former Manchester United defender claims that Spanish clubs would struggle in England despite having superior squads to title favourites Manchester City, United and Arsenal.
“I think that if Barcelona or Real Madrid goes to the Premier League then the first year of playing there, there is no chance of winning it,” says Pique in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
“Because if you go to Stoke, or other types of teams, then it will be really tough. It’s a debate – we could spend hours on it.
“If Manchester United or Chelsea go to Spain then the same. No chance to win the league.”
Pique also waxed lyrical about Barcelona’s star trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, saying: “The key of these three is the relationship that they have.
“You can see that on the pitch. It’s magnificent. For example, when one is scoring a lot and the other is not scoring – Neymar, the other day, he gave the penalty to Luis Suarez. When you see this kind of attitude, it means a lot.
“Because the only problem when you have players of this magnitude is the ego. Suarez was the main star in Liverpool, Leo before we had Suarez and Neymar; it was just him. And how they connect – they do not have any ego and this is the most important part.
“And they are different. Neymar is the best one-on-one. He is unstoppable. You have Leo Messi who is the most complete player in the world – he can attack, defend, he can head the ball even though he is small. And then you have Luis Suarez and his first touch in the box is fantastic.
“It’s really easy to win titles when you have team-mates like Messi. Well, not really easy but easier than if you have another kind of player. To have Messi, Neymar and Suarez up-front. It is the best in the world.”