Gerard Pique has cautioned Real Madrid that they will face a different Barcelona team from the one they overcame earlier this season in LaLiga Santander when they meet in Wednesday’s Supercopa de Espana semi-final.
The Barcelona defender emphasized his team’s desire to avenge a home setback to their rivals earlier in the season.
“They got all three points in an unjust manner,” Pique told Movistar.
“I recall a move taken by [Sergino] Dest – and they advanced the first time they advanced.
We were more impacted than others, but circumstances have shifted.”
Ronald Koeman was fired five days after a 2-1 setback at the Camp Nou in October, and Xavi Hernandez has since steered the ship, with the 34-year-old defender stating that he is looking forward to the match.
“It’s a title, and as we’ve demonstrated in the past, we’ll all compete for it equally,” Pique added.
“We are really motivated to win the title.
It’s the semi-final of El Clasico, and it’s going to be tough.
“However, we feel that we have entered it at the right time.
We are making progress.
I am certain that we will perform well, qualify, and go to the final.”
Pique continued by stating that he has no illusions about the task that Real Madrid will present to his team.
“[Real Madrid] have retained the foundation that has brought them so much success in the past,” Pique explained.
“The midfield trio of Casemiro, [Toni] Kroos, and [Luka] Modric are very familiar with one another, and their performances over the years have been outstanding.
[Karim] Benzema and Vinicius [Junior] are performing at an exceptional level, both in terms of goals and play.
“Behind them is a side that defends effectively, is at ease without the ball, and relies on Vinicius’ transitions or the midfielders coming together to pass to Benzema…
For years, it has been the same basis.
We are familiar with them; they are of a high caliber, but I feel we can harm them.”