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Pique: Barcelona are not at our best but we can still beat Real Madrid in El Clasico 2017

Thoughts have already turned to El Clasico

FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Gerard Pique refused to be too downhearted despite Barcelona being knocked out of the Champions League with a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Juventus.

Luis Enrique’s side failed to overturn their first leg loss in Turin, being held to a scoreless draw at Camp Nou to exit the competition at the quarter-final stage.

Barcelona must now bounce back quickly with a trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Sunday up next in La Liga.

"We are going to the Bernabeu to compete and to try and win, we have been good there in recent years and whilst we aren't at our best, we can win," he told BeIN Sports.

"I think this is a hard defeat to take but the fans were fantastic and they kept singing.

"They deserve to be remembered as it is one of the few times that I have seen the Camp Nou so proud in defeat, it makes me proud to be part of this club."

Juventus meanwhile take their place in the last four alongside Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Monaco with Pique tipping the Italian champions lift the trophy.

"They are a great team and in general they were better than us, they deserved to progress and I wish them the best because they can win the tournament," he added.

"We may have created chances but we had to climb such a mountain.

"They are Italians, they know how to defend well and they are specialists in that area, they have come to play their style of football and have done it very well.”

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