Laporta on Pique: He was sunk after PSG defeat

Laporta on Pique: He was sunk after PSG defeat

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The potential next president also spoke about Mbappe and Haaland and Messi's renewal

Joan Laporta has revealed that after the defeat by PSG he spoke with Barcelona defender Gerarad Pique and said that the defender was “sunk”.

“(This defeat) can’t be erased, despite coming from a complicated injury and having the risk of relapsing from his physical problems. He was exemplary. It is in these difficult moments when you have to love Barça more. I have a very good relationship with him, but I'm not going to make more content of the conversation public,” said Laporta.

“The disappointment was huge. I wanted to go to bed, I was hurt like all Cules. When I got up the next day I knew that it was important to be with the players. We can’t use burn them up or leave them alone now there are no fans in the stands.

“We want to recover our winning mentality, we will do everything possible to (get these years back).”

On Messi, he added: “I still have the will to convince Leo, within the economic possibilities of the club. We are competing against clubs that constantly skip the FFP rules and it will be hard, but I believe I’m capable of persuading him to help build the Barcelona of the future.”

On the idea of signing a Haaland or Mbappe, he said: “I have all the cards prepared to play them at the right moment. All of them.”