Real Madrid defender Nacho has called on his team-mates to silence Gerard Pique by winning their 11th Champions League title.
The Barcelona star caused yet more controversy after slamming the Madrid-based media for being biased towards Zinedine Zidane's men. He accused papers AS and Marca of focussing on the success of Real Madrid whilst ignoring the fact that Barcelona had triumphed in La Liga.
He cited a lead story that detailed how Real Madrid had won more points than Barcelona during the second half of the season, after Zidane had taken over, despite the fact that their good form led to nothing in terms of silverware.
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However, their success in the Champions League is something Pique cannot take away from them. While Barcelona crashed out to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid have beaten the likes Manchester City and Wolfsburg on their way to reaching a second final in three seasons.
And Nacho believes Pique will have nothing to say about the Bernabeu outfit if they return from the San Siro with the famously oversized trophy.
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Shutting him up
"Pique loves to talk, he loves the sound of his own voice, we all know that, he always talks about how much he enjoys the rivalry between Madrid and Barca, and is always trying to rile us," said Nacho, according to AS.
"But I don't want to get involved in all that. I don't know why he's going on about titles when on May 28 it's us who'll be playing for the most important title of the season.
"We're focused on our job, the best way to shut him up will be to win the final.
"The questions are always about Pique, because he's always trying to needle Madrid and provoke a reaction."
Films and titles
Pique stoked the fire between himself and Madrid fans after claiming the club were more interested in making films than winning titles, possibly in reference to Cristiano Ronaldo's documentary released at the beginning of the year.
He also suggested that Barcelona winning the double – they take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final this weekend – would be a bigger achievement than Real Madrid winning the Champions League.
He told reporters: "While they make movies in Madrid, [Barcelona] continue adding titles to the museum.
"Although they can win the Champions League, we have won the double. People say the Champions League is worth more but it isn't."
Ahead of the final against the Europa League champions, Pique said: "We are at a very good level, physically and mentally.
"The last five games we have scored many goals and not conceded; we won the league and are raring to go again."
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