Pique hails ‘sensational’ Barca

Gerard Pique hailed Barcelona for a ‘sensational’ performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday

A brace from Lionel Messi, coupled with Neymar’s late clincher, gave La Blaugrana a commanding 3-0 advantage in their last-four tie, and the defender heaped praise on his colleagues for keeping the Bavarians quiet at Camp Nou.

“We had a sensational match. Defensively we were very good because we didn’t let them have a shot on target,” he said after the game.

“To deny a team like Bayern a shot on target is sensational. We took our chances and inflicted a lot of damage on the counterattack.

“We’re used to not being in control of the ball at different stages of the game and didn’t feel uncomfortable. We knew [Bayern’s possession] was going to happen.

“I don’t know if [Manuel Neuer] is the best [goalkeeper in the world. We also have [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen and Claudio [Bravo].

“Neuer has quality, but we also concede very few goals and that has a lot to do with our goalkeepers.

“[Pep] Guardiola knows us well and knows no-one can stop [Lionel] Messi if he’s in inspired form. He scored ​​two fantastic goals.

“You never know in football. [Bayern] are a very good team, but we want to score more goals so they’ll have to score [at least] five.”

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