Concentrating solely on Champions League would be suicidal – Pique

The Champions League has been problematic for Barcelona in recent years, but Gerard Pique does not want them to start neglecting LaLiga.

Published : Aug 27, 2018 22:45 IST

Gerard Pique.
Gerard Pique.

Gerard Pique.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks it would be "suicide" for the club to focus all of its efforts on winning the Champions League this season.

Since winning the competition in 2014-15, Barca has generally disappointed in Europe's elite competition after the group phase.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus and most recently Roma have eliminated Barca at the quarterfinals stage in the last three campaigns, while it fell at the same hurdle the year before its last success in the Champions League.

However it has not been all doom and gloom for Barca, as it has won La Liga in three of the last four years, and while Pique wants an improvement in Europe, he insists it cannot afford to let that impact its form domestically.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Pique said: "I guess it is the most important title there is for the great teams in Europe. [But] just to [try to] win the Champions League would be suicide. If we focus on the league more, that is the barometer which we rely on to know how good we are."

"Barca have never won the Champions League without LaLiga, so let's focus on the league and win the Champions League too. Nothing is missing from the game of Barca. Our way of playing makes us very strong in regular competition, where many games are played, as opposed to a final, where everything can be decided by a shot or cross.

"There are teams that base everything on the counter and it can come good, but it is different to play LaLiga and the Champions League. It has been proven that, if we work very well in the league, we are doing well in Europe. When we play at the same level [to opponents], we suffer, and when we are very superior, we are better."

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