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Barcelona legend Pique clarifies comment on Real Madrid’s 14th UCL triumph: “Don’t want to take away any credit”

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Former Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has clarified that his comments on Real Madrid winning their 14th UEFA Champions League crown were taken out of context.

It was only a couple of weeks back that Pique said Los Blancos’ last UCL triumph would not be remembered since they were simply not the better team. However, while speaking about it in a recent interview on El Larguero, the defender clarified,

“It’s the typical phrase taken out of context. I can explain it 20,000 times. It has a lot of merit to win a Champions League,” he said.

So what was the context after all?

He said that while he does not want to take anything away from Real Madrid, their way to the final and how they played in the knockouts was not the sight of champions. 

He said that when Barcelona won the competition, they were superior to others right from the start. At no point in time did they struggle for results. 

Real Madrid, on the other hand, had to rely on late comebacks and this type of victory is not acceptable at Barcelona.

“I don’t want to take away any credit from Madrid, but just tell how it’s won. The 5 Champions League titles that Barça won are five seasons of being superior to everyone else. 

Pique clarifies statement on Real Madrid. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

“Madrid’s last Champions League is evidence that in none of the games Real Madrid were superior.

“Maybe I’ll clarify. They won’t remember it for their game, they’re going to remember it for other things, for the epic comebacks. 

“But this is enough for them and that is the greatness of Real Madrid, that being good for five minutes in the semi-final against City makes you win.”

“That’s a good thing. Barça will not win any knockout games because they were better for five minutes,” he added.

Judging by what Pique said, maybe it is the reason why the Blaugrana have not won the UEFA Champions League in a long time as they cannot qualify for the knockouts to be the better side in the first place.

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  1. Iykelouis

    November 21, 2023 at 10:40 am

    For the first time had to insult a an ex Barca player…. Why do you have this hate racist virus in ur vein? Where you a great defender? If Madrid is out making wave all you guys do is pray for downfall… Look at other countries any team that gets up they all support to bring the Glory homework… yet you come to the national team and play together with MADRID players… you guys gat nothing upstairs to teach the young lads rather than hate and racism nothing more! U got some personal stuff to deal with while not be a good example.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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