La Liga 2016/17: Gerard Pique calls Real Madrid the best club in the league
Gerard Pique admitted to the fact that Real Madrid are currently the best team in Spain’s top flight. Speaking in an interview with AS.com, the Barcelona defender revealed that Barcelona fans would respond to the draw against Real Sociedad.
"It's a very important match and I know that the fans will respond,” Pique told AS.
"We're playing against a great team, the best in the league, because that is where they are now. Right now they are the best team in this league."
Pique has also reassured the fans of his club that he will, in fact, be playing against Real Madrid in the El Clasico on Saturday. The 29-year-old Spanish defender was in attendance at an awards ceremony organised in Barcelona by Federació Catalana de Futbol when he revealed the news.
The "Catalan Player of the Year" was with his partner Shakira and children on that night and anxious to give all Barcelona supporters the good news.
“Don't worry, I'll be playing on Saturday.” Said the Barcelona centre back.
Gerard Pique, who suffered an ankle injury, was initially expected not to be taking part in the clash against Real Madrid on the weekend as there was increased inflammation on his ankle. But after admitting that he will be part of the team that will play on Saturday, the Spaniard is expected to return to training on Thursday.
Pique was highly critical of his team’s performance after they drew 1-1 against Real Sociedad on Monday. It was the eighth straight occasion when Barcelona have failed to register a win at the Anoeta Stadium. The former Manchester United player also admitted that Real Sociedad was the better team on that day and that his team fix their attitude to get better results.
"Yes (La Real were better) by play, but above all by attitude,” he continued.
"In the first half the team weren't there. In the second half we improved but playing like that it will be difficult to win La Liga. The leaders [Real Madrid] have moved two points further clear but that's what concerns me least now. At times you can win a game while losing in style of play, but the other thing [attitude] is more worrying.''
Barcelona are currently six points behind La Liga table toppers Real Madrid after dropping points in two consecutive games against Sociedad and Malaga. Barcelona will be hoping to beat Zinedine Zidane’s team on Saturday and win back their fans affection, at the same time keeping themselves in the title race.