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The 25-year-old centre-back is delighted with his side's pre-season campaign, and is adamant that the Catalans will continue challenging for titles under new boss Tito Vilanova

Gerard Pique is confident that Barcelona can contest for silverware on every front this season as it looks to bounce back from the disappointment of 2011-12.

The Catalans were unable to retain their Liga and Champions League crowns last time out, and at the end of the season saw coach Pep Guardiola leave the club to take a break from the game.

However, the former Manchester United defender is confident that his side will be competitive in 2012-13 under the tutelage of Tito Vilanova.

"So far, things under Tito have been very good," he told El Mundo Deportivo. "He has qualities that are similar to Pep, but that was already obvious to us. He has his own style, and that's important.

"The whole team has played two games together [in pre-season], and although there is still some work to do, the balance is very good.

"The whole team have started on a high note, and we also have Leo [Messi], who is an essential player, who will be decisive throughout the season. This club should go out and challenge for honours and win titles forever, and I guarantee that this will not change now."

Barcelona recently triumphed in a friendly match against Manchester United on penalties, and Pique was happy with the performance his teammates put in, despite a stalemate after 90 minutes.

"It was a friendly, so you can't assume that much, but we did well in games like this one and against PSG. We created many chances, we dominated, we had a strong presence up front. I think that this is very good at the start of the season."

Vilanova's side starts its Primera Division campaign at home to Real Sociedad on August 19.

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