However, the defender insists that Barcelona is still in the title race, although it will be difficult.

Barcelona are still in the title race

After Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz at the Camp Nou, Gerard Pique spoke about his side’s ineffectiveness to capitalise on the points dropped by Atletico Madrid. However, the defender insists that Barcelona is still in the title race, although it will be difficult. “It’s hard to take because Atlético’s loss gave us a chance, and it was a game where Cadiz made trouble for themselves, sitting so deep,” said Pique. “We made quite a lot and eliminated two goals. A 90-minute penalty is hard to take. But given where we came from a 4-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain, the key mentally was to get three more points… but we are still in this title race.”

In the Champions League, everything is tough for the Blaugrana

The 34-year-old believes the coming weeks could be vital as the Blaugrana moves into now or never territory if they want to challenge a serious title challenge. “You don’t win every game; your chances are lowered a little,” Pique said. “LaLiga is a long distance, and there is a lot of ground left to cover. It’s not insurmountable, but it will depend on the next games”. If we get into a good rhythm that allows us to get good results, we could be in with a shout. It’s difficult, of course, but we have to give it a go”. Pique also mused that the outlook is bleak on all fronts for Barcelona this season. But while they may rely on other results coming their way, he insisted on focusing on themselves.

 

“If we are realistic, everything is tough, especially the Champions League. In the Copa del Rey, we have a chance, and LaLiga is as I said,” Pique noted.

“We need to get back to playing our way and feel like ourselves because otherwise other teams might go ahead and lose because we still won’t catch them. Despite the blows, we need to keep our heads up, cheer up and go and beat Elche”. The defender also mentioned that his recovery from injury went well, and he is happy to be back. “I’m a little tired but glad to be back so soon,” said Pique. “The recovery went very well, and little by little, I get my sharpness back. After such a long break, I need to get up to speed and sharp, and I hope to help the team from here until the end of the season.”