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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by BarcaKizz on Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:16 am

I suggested Vermaelen a while ago and I think he'd be an excellent option, but I can't see Wenger selling his best defender. Not unless we seriously overpaid for him and we wouldn't do that for someone who is going to be 3rd or 4th choice CB.

I see next year like this:
CBs: Mascherano (Puyol) - Pique (?)

What we need is somebody else who will push Pique for his spot, because the combination of Puyol and Masch isn't great and Pique's style is very important to our game. Either Pep believes a cantera player can do it, or he has to find someone else.

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Post by Rebaño Sagrado on Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:20 am

@Albiceleste wrote:I've seen this rumor before, I'll wait until its official

I bet you will

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by BarrileteCosmico on Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:48 am

While we're talking about LBs again, I'd rather we buy a LB that can also play CB when called upon to do this. Does anyone know if Jordi Alba can do this? My instinct would say no.

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by BarcaKizz on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:08 am

@BarrileteCosmico wrote:While we're talking about LBs again, I'd rather we buy a LB that can also play CB when called upon to do this. Does anyone know if Jordi Alba can do this? My instinct would say no.

Definitely not. He plays LW well though, and muniesa can play both positions and dm.

I think a lot of us are sceptical about Alba. We dont the technical staff to make a fetish of midgets...
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Madvillain on Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:07 pm

That's why I keep opting for Sakho, he's strong in the air and can play as a LB and a CB. But yeah, he's probably very expensive. Although you never know how determined he would be to sign for us if an offer would be made and what that would do to PSG's willingness to sell. I don't think Vermaelen would be much cheaper.

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Post by The Franchise on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:04 pm

Its VERY rare to find a leftback who can play centerback too....Abidal really is a marvel in that way.

Fullbacks need quickness, speed, agility, stamina...usually things smaller players have.

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Post by Mr Nick09 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:14 pm

Sakho is very overrated here, he isnt good enough to play for Barca, not that i think PSG would sell him anyway.

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Albiceleste on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:43 pm

Pique got burned too many times by Ibra last night, and in general this season, he needs to work on that

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Post by free_cat on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:45 pm

So many times = 1?

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Post by Le Samourai on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:11 pm

@The Franchise wrote:Its VERY rare to find a leftback who can play centerback too....Abidal really is a marvel in that way.

Fullbacks need quickness, speed, agility, stamina...usually things smaller players have.


Muniesa.

Seriously how is he doing? I really thought he would be huge canidate to replace Abidal.....have the injuries and stuff hindered his progress?

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Madvillain on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:10 pm

No, but he's only 19 and making him one of the starters on a regular basis is a lot for him to handle. It would be best imo, if we would gradually give him more playing time instead of throwing him to the lions.

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Post by Le Samourai on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:11 pm

Busquets was thrown into the fold at 19 though.

But I know Pep has a particular affinity towards him so whatever.....

I can't really think of another LB/CB, It makes sense to just buy a LB and a CB although that would likely stifle Muniesa.

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Madvillain on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:22 pm

Busquest was brought somewhat more gradually, as we had a worldclass DM in Yaya who played about as much games as Busquets in the first two seasons he played for the first team. I felt more comfortable under those circumstances. In this case, we have Abidal who possibly (probably Sad) will never play again for Barcelona and Adriano who you cannot always count on due to his injury proneness. I'd prefer it if Muniesa would start in Copa games first, lets see how that goes. And then gradually give him more playing time over the coming years.

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by The Franchise on Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:40 pm

Well Muniesa did get hurt at some point a year ago or something, so maybe that slowed him.

Pep has thrown in young players before, but not defenders...Pique was the youngest and he was a very different situation.

As for Pique, I felt he played quite well. He won loads of headers and put himself about while playing the ball very well. Ibra got by him once I remember...and Ibra is a great player so its not so surprising.
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Albiceleste on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:40 pm

Great game today, still not as good as Mascheranos performance but much improved, which is fantastic ahead of milan if he can carry this into the CL.

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by FennecFox7 on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:51 pm

He had his off moments but made some great challenges

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by Albiceleste on Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:52 pm

Official: Pique has an overburdening at the back of his left thigh, no injury. It's not yet clear if Pique will be available for the game against Zaragoa this weekend, depends on evolution discomfort

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Post by Albiceleste on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:24 pm

Pique will not be available for the league game vs Zaragoza on Saturday but will almost certainly be back on Tuesday vs Getafe. [sport]

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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by guest7 on Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:58 pm

Twitter Shakira: "As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby!" [@shakira]

Congratioulations Pique!
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by The Sanchez on Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:18 pm

Got a twisted ankle and most likely will be out for two to three games. Really wish we bought a centreback this market
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Post by eelir on Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:12 pm

Or we gave more chances for our youngsters to gain experience... I was not convinced by Song at the back, especially not in partnership with Masche.

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Pique seams to miss the playing, so he wants to start mind games with Mou. Goal.com
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by BarcaKizz on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:53 am

Did anyone else watch his 'Google+ Hangout' on Youtube?

Pretty cool. Live interview in Catalan, Spanish and English with fan questions.

Apparently they will do them regularly with different players. Though I guess not many other players speak English.

Enjoyed it, Pique is a cool guy. Nice and chilled and very friendly.

At one point he couldn't remember what year he won the last Champions League lol.
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by gondov on Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:38 pm

I think this dude has a very serious injury, and they are just keeping it secret for some reason.

Anyone has any info on this?

He seems to be enjoying his sick leave way too much though.
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by CBarca on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:13 pm



As Kizz eluded to, here is Pique's Google+ interview. There is an English portion from 9:44-13:25, I'm not sure if there are any more, I didn't listen to the whole thing because my amateur Spanish isn't good enough to understand it very well, kind of just skipped to the English part, looked for some more but couldn't find any.

But those of you who are bilingual, check it out! Maybe let us know what he says in Spanish ( I believe he speaks in Catalan in one portion as well). I think I made out that he thinks playing at the San Mames and Vincente Calderon are tough fixtures, but I can't say that with confidence.
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Re: Gerard Pique

Post by BarcaKizz on Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:56 pm

Has worst season of his life. Still nominated for Ballon D'Or... It pays to be good looking I guess :bow:
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Post by FCBarça on Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:33 pm

Given medical clearance so expect him to start alongside Mascherano at Celtic Park
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