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Pique after the Joan Gamper win: “History shows that we will get up”

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An emotional and heartbreaking day for Barcelona was somewhat salvaged on the pitch, as Barcelona turned in a wonderful performance and secured the Joan Gamper trophy in their last game of pre-season and the first in the post-Lionel Messi era.

After their 3-0 victory against Juventus, Ronald Koeman and Gerard Pique both spoke to the press to voice their thoughts on the match briefly, but the main topic of discussion was, of course, the sad and heavy farewell of Leo Messi after over twenty years at Barcelona.

Here are the centre-back’s thoughts on the events of yesterday.

On the team’s reaction to Messi’s departure: “The team was honestly a bit broken because of Messi’s departure, we will lose magic in attack, but we have to move forward, the fans expect a lot from us.”

On how it transpired: “We lose the best player of all time. It has hurt us and it hurt him too. I don’t know the whole story, the two parties have said that it has been a matter of numbers… The management of the last years hasn’t helped, but history shows that we will get up.”

On having fans back: “People really want to come to the stadium and we have to cheer the fans. We have to start winning and give them nice things. We need the fans with us.”

On the whistles against Umtiti: “People have every right to express themselves, but whistles don’t help.”

On the future of the club: “We are Barça and, despite losing Messi, we will have options.”

Source: Barça TV+

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