Pique: Atmosphere is great

Gerard Pique has also commented that Spain’s dressing room atmosphere is ‘great’, adding that it is key to their recent run of success.

The world and double European champions are preparing for tonight’s final warm-up game against the Republic of Ireland, to be played in New York, before heading down to Brazil for the Confederations Cup.

Preparations have been hit somewhat with Alvaro Arbeloa’s comments last week being interpreted as a dig at Real Madrid and Spain teammate Iker Casillas.

However, on from his Coach and the full-back making clear the situation, Pique has also looked to clarify that the mood with La Roja is fine.

“We are not about numbers, we come to win tournaments,” began Pique in his Press conference this week.

“We know we have a good team and that we have our chances, but always with our feet on the ground. The atmosphere here is great, and that is key to our success.”

Tonight’s match against the Irish will see Pique likely rekindle his Euro 2012 partnership with Sergio Ramos.

“With Sergio I have a good understanding, he is a great centre-back and to play alongside the best makes it easier. At a defensive level I believe that the squad is very strong.

“Tonight’s game? We will try to maintain our way, we have to feel good, recover our mood.

“The games against Haiti and Ireland are very good for all and for Vicente del Bosque to find the best team for the Confederations Cup.

“Ireland are a good team, with the likes of Robbie Keane, they will try to do well.

“Our time in New York? It is a city that is always special, we love coming here and although football is not as popular, we are happy to come here to promote it.

“Playing at the Yankee Stadium is an honour, certainly.”

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