thumbnail Hello,

The Blaugrana centre-half is confident of another great season ahead...

As his team prepares for Friday's UEFA Super Cup tie with Shakhtar Donetsk in Monaco, Gerard Pique has told a press conference that Barcelona "will not get complacent" and that he believes all the pressure is on rivals Real Madrid this season.

In 2006 Frank Riijkaard's Barcelona were thrashed 3-0 by UEFA Cup winners Sevilla, but Pique has warned that things are different now.

"Surely the same thing will not happen this year, knowing the team and coach [Pep Guardiola], and win or lose in the Super Cup this will be another great year," said Pique.

The former Manchester United defender says that the competitive spirit in the squad doesn't allow for complacency.

"The squad works to keep winning titles so I think it's impossible for a repeat of 2006. Winning titles creates the desire to win more, the excitement and pride it causes," he added.

The centre-half says he is unconcerned by the possible arrival of Dmytro Chygrynskiy, who is likely to provide stiff competition for a place at the centre of the Blaugrana defence.

"If the coach sees fit to sign a central defender then it's because the team needs him," said Pique, before suggesting the Primera Division will be a two-horse race this season.

"It will be about two, Madrid and Barca. All the talk is about Madrid - when you put on the TV, it's Madrid - and the more we talk, the more pressure that is on them," concluded Pique.

Paul Madden, Goal.com

Related

From the web