"Historically this round has been difficult for us," says the center back ahead of tomorrow's match against Manchester City
If there’s a player on FC Barcelona’s team who has fond memories of Manchester it’s Gerard Piqué. At the age of 17 the center back signed with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. “I was just a kid that came here to earn a living. I lived here for three magnificent years. After Barça my team is Manchester United because they treated me so well,” said Piqué this Monday afternoon. But his time with the Red Devils has passed and now he has to focus on Manchester’s other team, Manchester City. The two clubs will face off on Tuesday in the Champions League. “Historically the knock out round has been difficult for us. Last year we lost 2-0 to Milan,” said the center back during the pre-match press conference.
Barça come into the match after defeating Rayo by 6 to 0 and reaching the final of the Copa del Rey, while City defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup. “Both teams are doing well and we both have confidence coming into the match.” He added: “FC Barcelona are doing good work and Martino has a lot of influence in that regard. In our last two games we played at a high level, we had the ball and we worked well together. We’re on form.”
When asked about Manchester City, Barça’s No.3 said “Manchester City are a very good team, very solvent, with a lot of variety and quality.” When asked about Álvaro Negredo, the player Piqué will most likely be called on to cover, the defender said: “He’s always had good years but this season, playing in a big club like City, he’s doing exceptionally well.”
He added: “Tomorrow’s match is a great opportunity to show that we have great players and that we can be here. If you want to win the Champions League, you have to play against the best.” He continued: “We have three months left, 22 matches, that’s not a lot. If we give it our all, we can win it all.”