Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has wished Gerard Pique all the best for the future after the 35-year-old defender decided to retire on Thursday. With the opening game of the “Spotify Camp Nou” against Almeria in the Liga stage this Saturday will be a special game for Pique. UFABET According to a report from ‘Diario Sport’ on Friday.
‘We will try to get the three points and keep pressing Real Madrid, this is a special match for Pique where we will give all our love.’
‘I understand Pique’s decision considering the situation. I’ve been through it too. And I wish him all the best, the FC Barcelona fans call him a club legend.’
‘I was fortunate to be a team-mate of Pique, difficult situations forced him to retire. I’ve been through a similar situation. And it was natural for me to step down.’
‘Kerry had a contract and decided to drop it. which is a great expression He is a club legend. and deserves such recognition.’
Xavi also said of Pique as a youngster: ‘Pique’s personality amazed me, the way he played, his understanding of football. Even when I’m with him As a player at the age of 22 or 23, he was very brave. Smarter than anyone else, for me he’s one of the best defenders I’ve ever played with.’
Asked about Pique’s downfall in the Azulgrana squad, Xavi replied: ‘I spoke to Pique before the start of the season. It’s a private conversation. Talking to him was one of the hardest moments in my coaching career, but eventually we got to a point where we saw the club’s interest above all else.’
‘There are decisions I have to make for the benefit of the club and the team. Something did not go the way I wanted it to be. It was difficult for Pique because he is my ex-teammate. we are grateful to him But we are making decisions for the benefit of the club.’
‘I was clear with Pique and delivered my message directly about what I believe. I said before that Pique is a role model for leaders, for the team and for the next generation. But I’ve been loyal to him since the summer. And the situation decides what happens.’
‘I have no problem with Pique staying, but he decided after discussions in the summer.’
‘When a player doesn’t play a lot. The Trainer will be the first to blame. That’s part of my job. and I have to live with it It happened before with Daniel Alves as well.’
‘Pique is one of the best defenders in the history of this sport.’
Asked if Pique will start in the final against Almeria, the 42-year-old replied: ‘We’ll see.
Xavi also said of Pique’s decision to retire mid-season: ‘It’s all about the situation. We sometimes don’t choose our ending. After all, you appreciate everything about your role in the team. And this is what Pique did and then decided. But I am grateful to him. And I will always remember that he gave everything he had on the pitch.’