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Gerard Pique says just trying to win the Champions League would be ‘suicide’ for Barcelona

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The defender’s been talking trophies

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Gerard Pique has been talking about Barcelona’s ambitions for the season but reckons just trying to win the Champions League would be ‘suicide’ for the club.

Barcelona have not lifted the European Cup since 2015 and Pique says they can’t afford to concentrate their efforts solely on Europe.

“To only try and win the Champions League would be suicide. In the way we operate, we’re stronger when we don’t let everything ride on a single match,” he said.

“If we concentrate on LaLiga, it’s better, because it’s the measuring stick we use to see where we currently stand.

”There are teams who base their season on the opposite to us and it could serve them well, but it’s different playing in LaLiga than the Champions League. It’s been shown that if we perform well in LaLiga, we’ll perform well in Europe too.”

Source | Sport

Ernesto Valverde’s side will discover who they will face in the group stages of the competition on Thursday when the draw is made.