Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit back at Real Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa and shown no mercy to his fellow Spain international.
Arbeloa criticised Pique last week for his controversial tweet after it emerged that Real Madrid could be kicked out of the Copa del Rey for fielding the ineligible Denis Cheryshev against Cadiz. “My friend Pique is obsessed with Real Madrid,” Arbeloa told reporters - per FourFourTwo - before sarcastically claiming he expected to see the Barcelona star “at a comedy club” after his thinly-veiled dig at Los Blancos.
But following Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Deportivo on Saturday, Pique hit back at Arbeloa and referred to him using the derogatory nickname by which he is known in Spain: ‘The Cone’ - as in a training ground cone.
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"Arbeloa 'the cone' goes round claiming he's a friend of mine, but he's nothing more than an acquaintance,” Pique bit back, rather harshly, according to Marca.
The 28-year-old could be forgiven if he felt a little wound-up after Saturday’s La Liga match. Barcelona appeared to be on course for all three points but ended up drawing the game after conceding two goals in the final 13 minutes.
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Granero hits out at Pique
Pique’s post-match comments sparked a reaction from former Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero, who tweeted a photo of Arbeloa with the European Cup alongside the caption: "Piqué, please forget about your complexes and respect your elders”. Ooh.
Del Bosque concerned
Spain head coach Vicente del Boque, meanwhile, has called for the two players to resolve their differences for the good of the national team.
"It's not great that there are piques between them," the 64-year-old was quoted as saying by Goal. "In the national team when there has been problems, we've always found a solution.
"It's history between the two clubs, the coach has nothing to say. It's a problem with the clubs.
"When we are with the national team we take the necessary measures. I guess I'll have to talk to them.
"No comment of mine is going to fix anything and satisfy anyone.”
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