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Alvaro Arbeloa sets the record straight about Gerard Pique

  • The defender had a war of words with the Catalan defender on twitter
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Modified 10 May 2016, 18:28 IST
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Arbeloa being thrown into the air by his teammates

Alvaro Arbeloa and Gerard Pique recently had a spat on twitter when the two exchanged not so friendly messages on the social media website. The feud happened when the Catalans were going through a slump in form.

After Barcelona lost the El Clasico to Real Madrid they suffered a shock defeat to Real Sociedad the very next week. Arbeloa was obviously jubilant when Barca were enduring that spell and poked fun at them tweeting, “How hard is to win against 11!” which was in reference to the Champions League game against Atletico Madrid when Barca only managed a 2-1 win despite playing against 10 men.

This sparked the twitter war between the two, something that did not please former players of the clubs. But Arbeloa has claimed he was only trying to defend his team. Speaking to Spanish Radio El Larguero he said, “I’m fine with everything. I defended my team and never disrespected Barça or any of their fans.”

“I didn’t make any mistakes and if I did then I’ll continue making mistakes for the rest of my life because I wouldn’t do anything differently. I tried to be respectful and I believe I was. I will continue to stand up for Real Madrid. I don’t want anyone trashing us.”

Arbeloa received a wonderful send off from the Real Madrid fans after playing his last game at the Bernabeu. The fans held up a huge banner in the stands with the player’s name and jersey number painted on it.

The defender was also thrown in the air by his teammates as a way of congratulating him on his service. 

Something that bothered many about the send off was how Iker Casillas a player who had spent so many years at Madrid, more than Arbeloa, didn’t receive a similar send-off. A point Casillas made in a video he posted two days ago on his facebook page.

Casillas also congratulated his former teammate for his success and his service to the club, which Arbeloa mentioned during the interview. “I’m very grateful because he didn’t need to [post a message on Facebook]. He must have been compelled to send it himself because no one would have made him.”

Arbeloa’s last game for the club will be against Deportivo La Coruna. Madrid will have to win their game and hope Barcelona slip up against Granada to lift the La Liga title. The Los Blancos also have the UEFA Champions League final to play where they will face City rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Published 10 May 2016, 17:28 IST
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