Friday, 15 May 2015

SPORT NEWS: Pique: I Wanted Clasico Champions League final before I retire

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has reiterated his desire to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final before he retires.

The Catalans reached the Berlin showpiece with a 5-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich in the last four on Tuesday, but their arch rivals fell short, losing 3-2 to Juventus in the other semi.
Pique admitted in the build-up to the game at the Allianz Arena that he would prefer to face Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Though he still hopes to in the future, he insists his main focus is winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
"I'd like to play Real Madrid because of the rivalry," he said.
"I am one of the players who would like to experience this before retirement.
"It will be a hard final against a historic team with lots of fans, lots of history and top quality players. They're Italian 
but not defensive, as they showed at the Bernabeu.

"We are excited and want the day to arrive. But we have the match away to Atletico Madrid next Sunday first. We need to close out La Liga as soon as possible and we have the Copa del Rey. The next month will be exciting.

"The final is what it is. Juve deserve to be there - they've had a great Champions League. We don't feel like favourites. It's 50-50. We'll keep doing what we've done in the last few months but we have a team who eliminated Madrid and Dortmund."
The final will take place on June 6 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.