Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted that he felt inferior to Real Madrid for the first time in his nine years as a Barcelona defender, after they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup.
“This is a long process and there is room for improvement but in the nine years that I have been here, it is the first time that I feel inferior to Madrid,” Pique said. “We are not in the best moment, either as a team or as a club. We must stay as close as possible and keep moving forwards.”
Pique’s comments came after a 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night which saw Barcelona humiliated by their rivals, with Sergio Ramos winding up Lionel Messi by throwing the ball over the Argentinian when he readied his hands to collect, which turn got Messi riled enough for unsavory remarks.
Sergio Ramos clowning Leo Messi
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Hosts Real Madrid started the game with an initial 3-1 win at Camp Nou. They are without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving a five-match suspension after being sent off in the first leg, and coach Zinedine Zidane even opted to leave stars such as Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench.
Real’s latest trophy was also Zidane’s seventh in charge of Real after goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema sealed the latest triumph, as Barcelona appeared to struggle again.
It also does not help for Zidane’s Barca counterpart Ernesto Valverde after the Uruguayan Football Association confirmed that Luis Suarez will miss around a month with the right knee injury he sustained in Wednesday’s defeat.