Piqué during a promotional event / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB

Barça returned to their best form this Sunday in the game against Valencia. For Gerard Piqué, this is the “path to follow ... the team responded very well after Valencia’s initial goal and Leo Messi showed, once again, that he’s the number one. We played a great match.”

More confidence

For the Barça defender it’s imperative for the team to keep on winning three points each week if the Club wants to have a chance of lifting their fourth consecutive Liga title. “If we continue winning we could have a chance [of winning] at the end of the season. It’s time to wait and do our work,” said Piqué. Despite the loss to Osasuna (3-2), the defender believes that games like the one against Valencia gives the team “added confidence.”

On the Cup final: “I’m going to enjoy playing it”

When asked about the where the Cup final should be played, the Catalan said that he prefers to focus on the game itself and not necessarily the venue: “I’m going to enjoy playing the final. It doesn’t matter where we play. The best thing for us is having as many people come with us as possible. This is true for Barça and Athletic Club.”

“Magnificent” relationship with Guardiola

On Barça’s line-up against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, which led some news sources to speculate about a possible eroding relationship between the defender and Josep Guardiola, Piqué rubbished the claims by saying, “it was a technical decision. He decides and that must be respected. He has given me the chance to play over the years I’ll never question his decisions.”

Piqué added that he and the manager have a very communicative relationship: “he’s a very communicative manager. He talks with everyone about the problems and hesitancies that he might have, including me. Our relationship is magnificent. Whenever anyone needs to share an opinion, he talks. We don’t have any problems.”

On the hypothetical contract renewal of the Barça boss, the defender was clear: “he has the last word on whether or not he’ll stay. We’re very pleased with him. I don’t believe his doubts stem from the players. He has told us that he’s very happy with his. But he dedicates all of his time to the Club and he probably has other things to consider.”