Pique Feels “Inferior” To Madrid After Super Cup Defeat
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he felt “inferior” to Real Madrid for the first time after being thrashed by their rivals in the Spanish Super Cup.
La Liga and European champions Madrid won 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Pique, 30, who was taken off in the second half with an injury and will undergo tests on Thursday, subsequently conceded that Barca are struggling on and off the pitch.
“In the nine years I’ve been [at Barca], it’s the first time I feel inferior to Madrid,” Pique told reporters after the defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Pique, who has been at Barca for nine years, added: “We are not in the best moment, as a team or a club.
“This a long process and there is room for improvement, We must stay as close as possible and keep moving forwards.”
Real were without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving a five-match suspension after being sent off in the first leg, and left Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench.
Barcelona, who are lacking in attacking options since the world record transfer of Neymar to Paris St-Germain, scored their only goal over the two legs from the penalty spot.