Xavi gave details of Piqué's retirement: “It was one of the most difficult days of my career”

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The Barcelona coach avoided confirming whether the central defender will start in his last game at the Camp Nou and referred to the defender's announcement: “I have a responsibility important”

Xavi gave details of Piqué's retirement: “It was one of the most difficult days of my career”

Xavi assured that Barcelona will lose “leadership and personality” with the retirement of Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 in a surprising and unexpected announcement due to its immediacy for both the Barcelona fans and the own coach Xavi Hernández, who spoke about the reasons that precipitated this decision and ruled out a possible bad relationship with him.

The press conference prior to this Saturday's meeting with Almeria for the Spanish La Liga revolved around Piqué. 21 of 25 questions asked were about the soccer player's decision to hang up his boots in a season that began with a dialogue with the coach himself and a notice that he would no longer have guaranteed ownership.

“I was honest with him at all times since I had a conversation with him in the summer. It was one of the most difficult days of my career. Circumstances have led him to put an end to it. I understand the decision, I also went through that situation, he feels less important. The normal thing was to take a step to the side. He honors him a lot because he has a contract and could have continued, ”said the 42-year-old coach. Although he expressed that it was “difficult” to manage this situation that began in the middle of the year with the defender.

This talk could have been crucial to speed up the decision to retire: Surely I have an important responsibility, but I have looked at what was best for the team and for the institution. I believed that someone else had to play instead of Gerard. It's been hard, but I have to make decisions. I don't know if I've been fair, but I've been honest”.

“Sometimes this job is unpleasant and you have to make decisions with teammates like Piqué or (Dani) Alves”, he explained after having sidelined another of his former teammates at the end of last season during his time as a player for Blaugrana . On the other hand, he denied a bad relationship with the Spanish player: “I have no problem with him. If he continued, he would continue adding. He has never had a bad face. He is always involved. I don't have any complaints”.

These explanations gave way to praise for the defender who won 30 titles with the institution: “He deserves all the praise from Barcelona fans. He is one of the best centre-backs in football history. He has been an example, always training to the maximum and with a good face. Tomorrow it's time for the best, it's time to value him for what he has been, a club legend”. However, he did not confirm his presence from minute zero in the next game: “We'll see”.

Xavi gave details of Piqué's retirement: “It was one of the most difficult days of my career”

Gerard Piqué and Xavi Hernández were teammates at Barcelona from 2008 to 2015

“He is brave, competitive, and has no complexes. He has a very high intellectual capacity. He has been a good teammate and captain. Nothing to reproach him for, when he has played he has helped us. It is not a liberation that goes away. Without it we lose leadership and personality”, he added in dialogue with the journalists.

Xavi Hernández clarified that they will have Piqué until the next match on November 8 against Osasuna in Pamplona and, after that match, they will evaluate the arrival of a left-footed center-back who could be the Athletic Bilbao footballer Iñigo Martínez: “Let's see if we sign. Same yes. We'll see what we can do. There is time and margin to plan”.

The extension of the press conference made it possible to leave a bit of everything that happened with the winner of the World Cup in 2010. 16 days from start of the Qatar World Cup 2022, the coach was consulted by the favorites for the title and placed Argentina and Brazil under that label: “They are a little above the rest. For physique, for technical ability, tactics. They are a bit above the big European teams, but in a World Cup you never know, there may be surprises. Spain is strong, as are France and England”.

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