August 14, 2022

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The new position of Gerard Pique.  Xavi showed the defender a place in the Barcelona hierarchy

The new position of Gerard Pique. Xavi showed the defender a place in the Barcelona hierarchy

It seems that Gerard Pique will not be the main defender of FC Barcelona next season. Catalan newspaper “Sport” reported that up to four players may have priority over the Spaniard.

Gerard Pique has been a key figure in FC Barcelona over the years. Since his debut in 2008, he has played 606 matches in all competitions. During this time, he never played less than 20 games per season.

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However, the situation may change in the near future. The Catalan newspaper “Sport” reported that Pique is not included in Xavi’s plans as a primary defender.

According to local media, the veteran footballer has been relegated to four or five positions in the club’s hierarchy. Before him, the game queue is not only Ronaldo Araujo, but also recently brought in Jules Conde and Andreas Christensen. In addition, Xavi will rely more and more on the young Eric Garcia.

The efficiency of Pique himself influences the decision of the technical staff. The 35-year-old is not in great shape and his shortcomings are emphasized more and more.

At the same time, the Spaniard remains a very important figure for the Camp Nou club. Reducing the salary of an experienced defender is the key to registering new players, as we reported over here.

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FC Barcelona will officially open the 2022/23 season on August 13. The first contender for the “Doma of Catalonia” will be Rayo Vallecano.