Barcelona did lose to Real Madrid in the 2021/2022 Supercopa de Espana semifinal match. But, in the eyes of Gerard Pique , Barcelona are proud and have the potential to become champions.
Real Madrid won with a score of 3-2 in the duel at King Fahd, Thursday (13/1/2022) early morning WIB, through the extra time round. This result makes Real Madrid advance to the final and will meet the winner of the duel Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid’s goals in this duel were scored by Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, and Fede Valverde. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s goals were scored by Luuk de Jong and Ansu Fari. Five goals, extra team and a very exciting game.
Barcelona did lose. But, if you look at the game as a whole, Barcelona performed quite well. Twice behind, Barcelona were able to equalize twice before losing in extra time.
“The only ‘but’ is that we haven’t won. We played very well. We took the game and took risks. In the end, they won the semi-final on the counter-attack,” said Gerard Pique, quoted by Sport .
“I am very proud of this team. Playing like this we will start winning and competing for trophies.”
“After equalizing and going into extra time, playing at three at the back, playing one-on-one against players of quality like Vinicius and Benzema. Competing as we have done against Madrid, who are having a great season, means we leave with our heads held high.” he insisted.
Just Failed to Win
Pique may be right. Barcelona was able to show fierce resistance to Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, admitted that Barcelona performed well and the game was very fierce.
“We got players back from long injuries and Covid and the team is at a good level. This is good news. The only negative is that we want to return home with a trophy,” concluded Pique.
Upset with slander, Gerard Pique reveals his salary slip at Barcelona
Barcelona player , Gerard Pique , was accused of receiving money that did not match the news in the media. The player was annoyed and immediately proved it by attaching the salary slip received at Camp Nou.
Money is a sensitive issue for Barcelona at the moment. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the football industry as well as financial planning, and has left the Spanish giants at a disadvantage.
Several times, Barcelona asked the willingness of its players to be willing to accept a pay cut. They are forced to do it again to get out of the salary cap. This time it was done by negotiating a new contract.
A number of senior players such as Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have received new contracts for smaller fees. It was done as a form of his love for Barcelona which made his name.
Gerard Pique Furious
However, there are those who question their love for Barcelona. A journalist named Lluis Canut made serious accusations on TV3, saying that Gerard Pique et al received more money than reported.
Hearing his name being called with baseless accusations, Pique was angry and immediately appeared before the public. He showed his latest payslip on social media to prove he was getting paid as published.
“People like [Canut] break into public television to protect their friends,” Pique wrote on Twitter.
“This is 50 percent of my [base] payment, paid on December 30 .