Following Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Valencia, defender Gerard Pique has issued a La Liga title rallying cry to his teammates.
In the context of the title race, goals from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the second half sealed a crucial win for the Catalan giants at the Estadio Mestalla.
Ronald Koeman’s side bounced back from a shock 2-1 defeat to Granada in midweek to keep the pressure on their title rivals, and former Spanish international Pique believes the squad has what it takes to beat Atletico Madrid.
“We knew that we would not have quiet games,” he told a post match interview with Movistar+, reported via Mundo Deportivo.
“We continue in the fight. The goal is to be there at the end of the season.
“The only focus now is on play Atletico, and win. We have to beat them anyway and then there is Real Madrid v Sevilla.
“I hope we will be leaders next weekend, but even if someone else is, I would not put my hand on fire for them as league champions.”
The Blaugrana will host Diego Simeone’s league leaders Sevilla at the Camp Nou next weekend in what could be a title decider. Los Blancos are coming off a Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Chelsea.
A win for Barcelona would put them ahead of Atletico for the first time this season, but a win for the visitors would give them a five-point lead with three games remaining in 2020/21.
Source: Football Espana