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Gerard Pique responds to criticisms of Barcelona’s playing style

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The defender says the team always try to play the right way

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gerard Pique joined Lionel Messi in a pre-match press conference on Friday and spoke about Barcelona’s playing style under Ernesto Valverde.

The centre-back was asked about comments from Xavi that Barcelona need to dominate games again to win the Champions League and says it is not always possible.

“It [Liverpool defeat] was one of the worst experiences I have had as a footballer. We try to play with the Barca style.

“Sometimes it is easier, sometimes it is harder. But as I said some days back, it doesn’t only depend on only us, but also on the rival and how they play against you.

“There are times, like at Anfield, when it is not possible to have the ball and you have to play differently.

“Sometimes you have different players, they are more comfortable in some circumstances, the desire is to play as we always do, but in Anfield we could not and that is the reason why we lost.”

Pique also spoke about how tough a test he expects Valencia to provide in the Copa del Rey final but said Barca will “compete to the maximum” to try to lift the cup.