Gerard Pique: Barcelona will score penalties when it matters
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he is confident his teammates will convert their penalties when it really matters after Lionel Messi missed yet another in Saturday afternoon's 6-0 stroll past Getafe.
Barca took another step towards this season's La Liga title by hammering the visitors, with Neymar scoring a brace and Munir El-Haddadi, Messi and Arda Turan also on target after Getafe midfielder Juan Rodriguez had opened the scoring with an early own goal.
The only low point for Barca's afternoon was Messi seeing his penalty saved by Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita, meaning the Argentina captain has missed four of seven penalties he has taken in La Liga so far this season.
Barca as a team have also only scored seven of the 15 spot kicks they have been awarded in this season's league campaign, and 10 from 20 games in all competitions.
Neymar, who has scored four of his eight penalties in all competitions, and Luis Suarez, with two from four, have also struggled.
Asked if he was worried about the team's poor conversion rate, Pique told Canal Plus after Saturday's game: "In important games, when things are on the line and we have to score them, we will score them."
Barca were always in control against a woefully out of form Getafe side, and easily sealed their 12th straight La Liga win and 37th match unbeaten in all competitions.
"We always try to play at our best," Pique said. "We started very well today, in the first 20-25 minutes we had some great moments. We are getting closer all the time to what we want to achieve. We try and do the best possible.
"We've been many years together, many important players. We understand each other well, can play passes sometimes without looking, but we want to keep improving and at end of the season to win something."
Pique, a regular social media user and tech entrepreneur, was also asked if he was tired of criticism surrounding his use of the Periscope app to broadcast direct to fans after games.
"Not at all," he replied.