Lionel Messi nutmegs Gerard Pique in training

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Being a defender for Barcelona in training must be a nightmare.

Having to deal with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar on a daily basis is enough to give you nightmares - imagine the amount of nutmegs that are being dished out.

Even one of the best centre-backs in the world, Gerard Pique, isn’t safe from being embarrassed.


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It was obviously Messi’s turn to leave the Spanish defender red-faced. During a rondo, the Argentinian superstar had the ball in his hands and dropped it to the floor, ready to start a passing move.

However, Pique saw the opportunity to attempt to make an interception - big mistake.

Messi hooked the ball through the defender’s legs before passing to Suarez. But it was too much for the Uruguayan. He picked up the ball as he and his teammates started applauding Messi’s cheekiness.

Meanwhile, Pique stood in the centre of the circle, hands on hips, looking very sheepish. It all looked great fun.

Watch the megs below: (The nutmeg is at the start of the video and it’s repeated shortly afterwards with reaction from the players.)

The pressure of their title challenge certainly doesn’t appear to be getting to the players. The Catalan club are level on points with Atletico Madrid and one point ahead of Real Madrid with just three matches remaining.

At the start of March, they were 12 points clear and appeared to be cruising to their second consecutive La Liga. However, a draw against Villarreal followed by defeats to Real Sociedad, Valencia and in El Clasico meant that Luis Enrique’s side face a nervy end to the campaign.

But Messi and co. know that wins against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada would guarantee La Liga glory with their superior head-to-head record against Atletico.

One thing that may be in Barcelona’s favour is the fact they don’t have any European football to think about. They were knocked out by Atleti in the quarter-finals and Diego Simeone’s side have one foot in the final having beaten Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first-leg of the semi-final.

Real Madrid could also reach the final in Milan. They drew 0-0 at Manchester City and will hope home advantage sees them progress.

But it’s not just La Liga that Barcelona may be lifting at the end of the season. They face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on May 22 as they seek to complete a domestic double.

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