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Gerard Pique: I don’t wear the Barcelona shirt to finish second or third

The defender is convinced his team can challenge for the title

Cadiz CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Gerard Pique is never short of words and spoke at length about Barcelona’s current situation after Thursday night’s draw at Cadiz.

The center-back made it pretty clear he was unhappy with the fixture list, with Barca playing three games this week, and also wasn’t too impressed with the decison to send off Frenkie de Jong.

Pique also opened up on his team’s hopes for the season and remains convinced the Catalans can fight for the title despite an underwhelming start to the campaign.

“I don’t wear the Barça shirt to finish second or third. I am here to compete for the titles,” he said.

“I am very convinced, despite the start, that we will compete. The team is in good spirits, with enthusiasm. Sometimes we have to face these moments. We feel that the fans are with us. The situation is complicated for everyone.

“We have been in the elite for 12 years, we must now all be together. We are going to compete until the end. Let no one doubt it. We need the fans. Even if we start badly, let them help us ... you don’t know how good it is for the fans to be with us. “

“The club has been on a crest of a wave for many years. We are going through a moment which we are not used to. These are turbulent years, change of president, change of coaches ... we must all give our best to give peace of mind. Everyone wants to win.

“There are many ways to deal with it. We can all complain or we can all pull together. The players are here to pull. Let’s not look for two sides. We are with the president and also with the coach. We cannot control the noise. We don’t want to think about it. “

Source | Marca

Thursday’s performance and result will have done little to calm the noise around Koeman’s future, particularly after the Dutchman was also sent off late on in the game. The dismissal means that even if he remains in charge he won’t be in the dugout next time out against Levante.