Pique: Madrid didn’t make guard of honour so I asked Barca staff

After their rivals shunned a guard of honour, the Barcelona defender and his club found a novel way to pat themselves on the back

Gerard Pique said he asked Barcelona’s staff to provide a guard of honour after bitter rivals Real Madrid refused.

There were no surprises as Madrid carried out their intention of refusing to honour unbeaten LaLiga champions Barca prior to Sunday’s entertaining 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.

Zinedine Zidane’s men shunned the pre-match guard of honour – known as a ‘pasillo’ in Spain – after Barca’s snub following Madrid’s Club World Cup triumph in December.

Barca, though, found a novel way of honouring themselves post-match, thanks to star defender Pique.

“As we are a family, and they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I’ve asked our staff to make one,” Pique said.

“With that we are leaving.”

On the other side, Real Madrid’s Casemiro downplayed the La Liga title, claiming instead that he would rather win the Champions League, which Real Madrid can do for a third consecutive time if they defeat Liverpool in the final on May 26.

“It does not matter if Barca are already the champions,” Casemiro said to Movistar.

“I prefer the Champions League final, congratulations to them because maybe they have played better in La Liga.”

Despite the title already being decided, it was a pulsating game in Barcelona, where the Catalan giants maintained their season-long unbeaten streak in the league as departing icon Andres Iniesta played his final Clasico.

Barca’s Sergi Roberto was sent off in the first half, which saw Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo trade goals before the latter was replaced at half-time due to an ankle injury.

Lionel Messi restored Barca’s lead seven minutes into the second half – his 26th Clasico goal – before Gareth Bale secured a point for Madrid in the 72nd minute.

And Casemiro ultimately believed the result was a fair one for the two sides.

“They had one less [player], but the quality of their players was seen at 2-1. Without Cristiano we lost a bit in the second half, but hey, a fair result.”


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