Injured defender Gerard Piqué released a message on his recovery from a hip injury on his social media accounts (in Castilian Spanish, Catalan and English, no less). “Thanks a lot for all the messages and support! Recovery going really well. Doing my best every day and hope to be back playing in less than a month.”
Much has been going on lately at the club, both on and off the pitch, and now is not the time to lose focus. FC Barcelona will face Real Betis tomorrow in La Liga, a game that may seem easy to some, but Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino looks to have learned from Real Valladolid’s lesson. “We can’t take Betis lightly. They have great players who play with heart and courage, and will fight until the last minute. We have to understand that they are suffering and that they’ll try to recover against us,” he said. Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will face Villarreal CF and Real Sociedad respectively in this upcoming round, which means that a win against Real Betis may prove to be as important as ever. “Our whole focus is on Betis. It is the most important game and one that could allow us to stay alive in La Liga.” More after the jump.
Gerard Piqué was subbed off only 11 minutes into the Champions League clash against Atlético Madrid after a bad fall which caused a pelvic contusion. It’s been reported that the 27-year-old will miss four weeks of action due to his hip injury, which means that not only will he miss the second leg of this Champions League encounter, he’ll also miss the Copa del Rey final against rivals Real Madrid. And with Carles Puyol sidelined, Barça are now left with Javier Mascherano and the young Marc Bartra in defence with Pinto behind them to carry the team in this difficult period.
Get well soon Piqué!
FCB centerback Gerard Piqué is the cover star and also wrote the foreword for this year’s edition of Solidarity Stories of Sport, a collection of stories that is put out each year to benefit a charitable cause. This year’s edition is the tenth and the proceeds will benefit the Institute Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital. Previous Barça coverboys include Andrés Iniesta, Pep Guardiola and Èric Abidal.
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has selected 21 players to travel to Madrid ahead of the highly anticipated El Clásico. Among the players is Gerard Piqué who recently recovered from injury and has received the medical green light. Carles Puyol, Oier Olazábal, Jonathan dos Santos and Isaac Cuenca will miss the clash due to injuries. The team will travel to Madrid on Sunday morning.
Here is the 21-man squad: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Montoya, Bartra, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Alba, Busquets, Song, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Fàbregas, Afellay, Pedro, Alexis, Messi, Neymar and Tello.
Coach Gerardo Martino will have to make due without the Catalan duo, Gerard Piqué (27) and Carles Puyol (35), ahead of Sunday’s game against Osasuna. The captain is struggling with a sprained knee joint and will need specific treatment over the next few days, and Piqué was left out as a precautionary measure due to some ankle trouble. With no more room for error and the Clásico coming up, Mascherano and Bartra will have to be at their best to prove their worth for the coach.
Squad: Valdés, Pinto, Montoya, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Neymar Jr., Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Jordi Alba, Tello, Adriano & Dani Alves.
FC Barcelona’s defender, Gerard Piqué, has been included in Gerardo ‘Tata” Martino’s match squad to face Real Valladolid after recovering from a thigh injury that kept him away for two weeks. On the other hand, José Manuel Pinto, Isaac Cuenca, Alex Song, Jordi Alba, and Jonathan dos Santos will not be travelling to Valladolid, in addition to Andrés Iniesta who will miss the game due to personal reasons.
Here is the 18-men squad: Valdés, Olazábal, Mascherano, Bartra, Alves, Adriano, Montoya, Piqué, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Xavi, Cesc, Afellay, Alexis, Tello, Neymar Jr., Pedro, and Messi.
The odd couple, they were called. Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol were partners in crime on the field, and best friends off it. And now that the legendary captain is set to leave his boyhood club by the end of the season, Gerard Piqué shared with culés around the world on his Facebook account his emotional open letter to a man who was not only a friend, but a role model and a legend. Click below to read the letter.
Vicente del Bosque has announced his 22-man list for the international friendly against Italy next week. The coach picked up the following seven FC Barcelona players: Víctor Valdés, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez.
Gerard Piqué didn’t make the list because of his calf injury, while it was said that despite the coach leaving out Carles Puyol, Del Bosque claims that he is “not writing him off” and that there will be no doubt in the Barça captain’s participation once he goes back to being fit and playing regularly. A somewhat surprise inclusion was former Barcelona player Thiago Alcántara, who has been sensational in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and looks likely to be selected for the World Cup in Brazil. Full squad below.
In a totalBarça special, we bring to you the Back and Forth series! Throughout the season rumours and stories come and go. We constantly hear and read articles about players leaving, signing and retiring while others compare players, judge coaches and debate who’s better.
Now Aly, Youssef, and EnriqueSDS are bringing these discussions to you. All three writers will share their views and opinions regarding certain matters that have been haunting many culé minds. Meanwhile, you vote who you agree with more and share your views with us as well through comments. Back and Forth’s last edition debated whether Barça are in need of a classic #9 striker or not, the culés have voted in favour of signing one. Now, it is time for another debatable topic. Shall we begin?
What is next for Gerard Piqué?
Gerard Piqué suffered a minor injury in his right thigh after last night’s defeat against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián and will miss two weeks of action. Featuring in 33 games this season and scoring four goals, Piqué is likely to miss the home game against Almeria, and is in doubt to face Valladolid.
FC Barcelona experienced their soundest beating of the 2012/13 season yesterday in San Sebastián. While of course the narcissism of fandom will take precedent, it’s both rude and shortsighted to not recognize that Real Sociedad performance for the master-class it was. Mostly the players acknowledge they were second best, here are the reactions of Andrés Iniesta, Víctor Valdés and Gerard Piqué.
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué spoke ahead of tonight’s globally anticipated UEFA Champions League (UCL) game against Manchester City. He recalled fond memories of that English city saying, “Manchester is special for me. I was just a kid that came here to earn a living. I came here when I was 17 and I came to live football. I would have liked to play more and been an important part of the team. I learned a lot here and I always say that after Barcelona, my second team is Manchester United because they treated me so well.”
Asked about the level of opposition at this part of the UCL season, the Catalan player agreed that, “Historically the knock out round has been difficult for us. Last year we lost 2-0 to Milan, I don’t think you can explain why we struggle in the first rounds every year.” He speculated, “It could be because there is a lot of time between the stages and it takes awhile to get back into it.” But even hardships can be useful for the team. “We must learn from our personal experience and do well here because they will be unforgiving” underlined Piqué. Much more after the jump.
Paul Hayward interviewed our very own Gerard Piqué on Friday for British newspaper The Telegraph. The central defender had some words of warning for Manchester City ahead of this week’s Champions League clash. Follow along after the jump for more!
FC Barcelona are through to the Copa del Rey final after a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad (3-1 aggregate), with now Real Madrid remaining the only obstacle between another trophy. It was expected we would witness another clásico final after last week’s results, but now it is confirmed, and Barça fans can start thinking about vengeance. Continue reading for reactions from Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets after the Catalans’ qualification for the cup final.
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué was interviewed this week by Catalan radio Onda Cero. During the session he gave an update on his contract negotiations and offered his thoughts about the club’s new president and the Ronaldo red card in Bilbao. Make the jump for more!
Having assumed the mantle of FC Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has had a busy week. And based on new stories from yesterday and today, the busy weeks are only beginning. Read on for Bartomeu speaking on a wide range of interesting topics (Rosell, Messi, Neymar, Pep, Cruyff, Madrid) before the Málaga match and on radio the following morning.
FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino spoke following the 3-0 league game victory against Málaga. He praised his players who “passed the ball well” and he added that “we created a lot of chances but we only scored three goals, we could have scored more.” Martino also underlined that “over the recent years the players have faced very important moments, very serious ones, not institutional, but these related to health of technicians or team mates. They understand that their answer is not in speaking but on the field, and they did a good job after a difficult week. They showed that they are professionals.”
While FC Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Málaga was a comprehensive team performance, the pre-match spotlight shown on Xavi Hernández, as the veteran midfielder was honored for his 700th appearance for Barça. After the match he shared some reflections on his career and the team’s current state. Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets also spoke to the press after the match – read on below to see what the players had to say.
Some time ago, Gerard Piqué tweeted some zombie photos with the hash-tag #zombiefan. In the hopes of catching the Barça defender’s attention, two girls from Madrid attended the Vicente Calderón with a sign; “Piqué if you give me your phone, I’ll make you into a zombie. From another #zombiefan.”
Piqué didn’t spot them that evening, he was too busy giving the best performance he’s had in years, but later on contacted the girls via Twitter and agreed to the deal. Here’s the video of Piqué as a zombie courtesy of these other zombie fans. He also gave them his phone, literally, his phone NOT his phone number.
Navigating the Transfer Market Madness: Arrivals and Departures makes another fleeting return during the January transfer window. It’s the least active of the windows and not particularly well known for good deals, but nevertheless, the mill never stops turning. So totalBarça returns to roundup all the stories over the past weeks and chart a path through the nonsense. Once again, agree or disagree, that’s what the comment section is for. (Remember all numbers in euros.)
Gerard Piqué recently had an interesting interview with The Bleacher Report where he talked about his career so far and what he expects in the future. The Catalan also shared his experience with Messi as a 12 year old back in La Masia.
“It was blatantly clear from the first time I saw him run with the ball stuck to his foot that he was a unique player. Now that he’s not only the best player in the world, but the best player in the history of the game”
Read excerpts from the full interview after the jump.