Pique: Atletico Clash More Important Than Clasico

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Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has warned against complacency as they prepare to play Atletico on Tuesday.

Barcelona suffered a 2-1 loss against Madrid that ended their 39-game unbeaten run and will play Atletico in the UCL on Tuesday.

“Tuesday’s game is very important,” the centre-back said at the pre-match media conference.

“We are in fine shape physically and mentally. It will be important to put in a good performance against Atletico after Saturday’s defeat against Real Madrid.

“We don’t need a wake-up call. We all know how difficult it is to win. We have a tough task ahead. We want to win the treble and have to take an important step on Tuesday to get closer to reaching our goal.

“It will be even harder than the Clasico, but in the end it is up to us. We have to move the ball around rapidly. If we manage to do that, we can be unstoppable. It will be a very balanced quarter-final tie, even if we might be the favourites. The team is really looking forward to the game.

“We have had a hard time beating Atletico in the past, but we have found a way to beat them. I expect a similar game to the one at Camp Nou a few weeks ago [a 2-1 home win]. We will try to score goals, but we realise they are a dangerous team.

“We always want to win and especially so after a bad game like the Clasico. We want to get out there and get a good result. There are certain things from the Clasico that we will have to analyse, but we have forgotten about Saturday’s game. All that matters to me is winning the Champions League.”



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