'Pique has big balls' - Panucci praises Barcelona defender's character

  • 'Pique has big balls' - Panucci praises Barcelona defender's character

'Pique has big balls' - Panucci praises Barcelona defender's character

Gerard Pique said Wednesday he has no intention of retiring from global football in connection with criticism of his vocal support of a referendum on Catalan independence.

Ahead of the tie, Ramos said: "Fans have the right to express their opinion".

Numerous club's players are away on global duty, and Gerard Pique, who trained with Spain on Monday, was subject to abuse from spectators watching the open session.

"Any talk that we don't get along is a big lie", Pique told the media.

But he added: "If the Spain manager or the Spanish FA think I'm a problem, then I have no problem in stepping aside and leaving the team before 2018".

"I only focus on playing football and I am sure it´d be better if everyone else did the same", Busquets said in a radio interview.

Spain has been reeling from the fallout of Sunday's highly disputed referendum in Catalonia which produced images of police violence against would-be voters which shocked the world, while the country's unity has also been thrown into doubt.

"Albania is a national team that has talent, physicality and tactical order".

"I believe the people who boo me are a minority and I don't want to give them the luxury of quitting".

Atletico Madrid star Koke also admitted the saga is proving tiresome but is confident the team will have the support of the crowd when they face Albania in Alicante on Friday. "We try to do everything as normally as possible, but it's obvious that we are aware of what has been happening around us". "Everybody respects each other here, and he is a very important player for this national team". Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.

"I think Spain-Catalonia is like a father and son where the son is 18 years old and wants to leave home", said Pique.

Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said "Spain is your nation" and "Out Pique". I hope that we find a good atmosphere in Alicante.

Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.

Only the group victor automatically qualifies for next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

Worldwide attention was garnered as the Catalan population took part in a vote which was deemed illegal by Spain's government and as a tumultuous period continues for the country, Pique has urged that only respectful discussions on both sides will be able to resolve the issue.