Pique: There’d be pressure had Barcelona not won the Champions League in 20 years – MARCA.com

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Barcelona Not worried about Real Madrid’s recent successGerard Pique. Pique and Lenglet: The couple of the yearGerard Pique has dismissed the notion the players feel extra pressure to lift the trophy after seeing Real Madrid win it in each of the previous three seasons. The centre-back pointed to the fact that several of the Barcelona players have won the tournament before and insisted that they’re not motivated by what Los Blancos have achieved.”We don’t care what Real Madrid have won, as things go as they go and history is what it is,” he said at a pre-match press conference ahead of the quarter-final against Manchester United.”They have won this tournament several times in recent years, while we won other titles.”To compare the titles won is something for you all to do.”We have to be happy with what we’ve achieved.””We don’t feel pressure.”There is a lot of excitement, not pressure.”We would feel pressure if we hadn’t won the competition in 20 years.”I don’t want to compare this season with other years.”We’re in a good situation, we’re playing well and we’re achieving results.”We come here aware of how difficult it is to play at Old Trafford.”Having been at Manchester United earlier in his career, he reflected on what it was like to play at Old Trafford and to have Ole Gunner Solskjaer as a teammate. “He was a great teammate to me when I arrived at Manchester United as a 17-year-old,” Pique said of the current boss.”He helped me a lot in my adaptation to the club and country.”I’m happy to see him in charge.”I think the club has always been one of the biggest in Europe.”The supporters here are fantastic, regardless of who they are playing.”Asked how he expected his former side to set up, he pointed to the need to be aware of their counter-attacking threat.”I guess we’ll try to have possession and that they’ll try to attack us on the counter because they have very quick players,” he said.”We will need to be alert to set pieces as well, as they have strong and tall players.”The differences in refereeing between British and European football were also discussed. “I think that referees are different in the Premier League compared to the Champions League,” the defender said.”They let play go on more in the Premier League. “In the Champions League the officiating is more similar to that in LaLiga.”
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