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Gerard Piqué promises Barcelona "will give everything" in Champions League match against Atlético Madrid

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There might be questions about Barcelona after their loss in El Clásico, but one of the team leaders remains confident.

Defender Gerard Piqué spoke to the press on Monday to preview the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Atlético Madrid. The Spaniard recognizes that there might be some doubts about how far the team can get this season after the poor performance in the defeat to Real Madrid last weekend, but sees Tuesday's game as an opportunity to remind the world that Barça is still a great team.

Here is a look at some quotes from Piqué's presser:

"We will try to decide the tie in the first leg, especially after what happened on Saturday. We will do the best we can and score as many goals as possible.

"It is always a challenge after a loss. We want to play again quickly, especially against a rival like Atlético. We want to prove that we are still the team that has won everything. We want to win it all again that.

"In terms of morale, Saturday's defeat was a defeat like any other. We hadn't lost for 39 games, but sometimes this happens in football. We are ready again and have a unique opportunity to set the bar high again.

"Until the 70th minute we controlled the game against Real Madrid. When I watched the match again, I saw how we dominated most of the game. Saturday's match is already forgotten, though. What I think about is winning the league and we are convinced we will.

"Atlético have had a spectacular season, so it's going be more complicated than Saturday. They know how to defend and are really good on the counter. It all boils down to how we play. We want the ball, to pass it around quickly. And we want the fans to support us at they did on Saturday. If they do that, we will be unstoppable.

"We don't need to be warned about the size of our task. Year after year we have seen that this is a very difficult competition but we are going to try to win the treble again. It's a brutal challenge but we are give all we have to do it again."


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