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Gerard Piqué trains on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva. / Miguel Ruiz FCB

Piqué appears before the media following Monday's workout. / MIGUEL RUIZ- FCB

The Champions League is back at Camp Nou on Tuesday night and what better way to get ready than to hear from Gerard Piqué, FC Barcelona's colourful centre-back, who answered questions from the press corps following Monday's training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

On the importance of the first leg:

"The game against Atletico is important. We want to play a good game in terms of our play and the result."

"I am convinced that we will see the Barça that comes to play on big nights and we want to show people why we've won everything and that we want to again."

On the forecast for rain on Tuesday night:

"Let the people come to the Stadium and we'll all get wet together. It'll be worth it. We're crazy excited to play tomorrow."

On the mood of the team:

"What we really like are the challenges that are ahead of us. We have a great team and I am convinced we'll win the league. When you take the field and see who is on your team you have no doubt."

"We have a great challenge to win back-to-back trebles and we're going to go for it."

On the tie with Atlético:

"It will be pretty even, but we've won everything and we know we are the favourites."

"We will go all out from the first minute, controlling the ball, a high rate of possession and try to suffocate them from a footballing standpoint."

On the trident formed by Messi, Suarez and Neymar Jr:

"Those three up front are from another planet. They get on great, they are incredibly good and we're very lucky to have them at Barça. Let's enjoy them."


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