Gerard Pique has hit out at internal feuding among different Barcelona camps -- especially the negative voices who “throw s---” at the club.
The Barca ‘family’ is currently split between supporters of current club president Sandro Rosell and those who favour his predecessor Joan Laporta, with the two men and their associates regularly sniping at each other in public.
Issues at the Camp Nou such as the team’s philosophy or style of play, the legacy of former stars Johan Cruyff or Pep Guardiola, and even the current best way to manage of Lionel Messi’s injury problems are often viewed differently depending on the point of view of the Barca executive, fan, former player or pundit involved.
The Catalan defender told RAC1 that he was not impressed by such disharmony, contrasting the situation with that of La Liga rivals Real Madrid, where there is widespread support for president Florentino Perez.
“Those who are outside the club want to be inside, because it is a privilege. Those who are inside, when they leave, want to return,” Pique said. “So there are always people throwing s--- at Barca. There is never calm. The one year there was, we won six trophies. In Madrid, there is social peace. They are all united. Here there are Rosellistas, Laportistas, Guardiolistas...”
Pique, who is steeped in the club’s traditions as his grandfather Amador Bernabeu is a former Barca vice-president, said he personally does not care who is president and that those who continue to bring negativity to the club should stop.
“I am with Barca -- I could not care if the president is Sandro or Laporta,” he said. “If the debate continues, it does not help the team. Here in Barca, there are always people throwing out negatives.”
The current debate around whether the team is playing as well as it could -- despite being top of the Primera Division and having already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League -- looks an example of such negativity.
“We are not playing as we wanted, our level could be higher, but we are not playing too badly,” he said. “We would not have the results we do if we were not playing well. We are very happy inside the dressing-room. The results are vital. It gives you confidence to keep going in this direction.”