Del Bosque defends Pique

Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque came to the defence of Gerard Pique after the Barcelona man was jeered by fans watching the squad train.

Pique has been at the centre of a storm regarding comments made as he celebrated Barca’s treble, the centre-back referencing Cristiano Ronaldo’s birthday party – at which singer Kevin Roldan performed – as a reason La Blaugrana were successful.

Supporters watching as Spain trained ahead of the friendly with Costa Rica gave Pique an unfriendly welcome, as well as cheering Iker Casillas, the Real Madrid and Spain captain.

Del Bosque was asked at a Press conference if Pique was being harshly treated for what he said, and the trainer didn’t hold back.

“What do you think? Man, let’s see. What did Pique say? He didn’t say anything. Did he say something bad? Something wrong? Something serious?” AS reports Del Bosque as asking.

“We’re here and we need the best atmosphere for the team. A good atmosphere should be mandatory. If what Pique said was contrary to that, I would take action.

“But it is nonsense, child’s play. That team was champions of Europe and he mentioned a singer. Why get upset?

“This past year we’ve had Madrid as champions of Europe and Atletico Madrid in the final. Sevilla won the Europa League. This is trivial.

“Television programmes are spent on this. Do people think this has done serious damage to the national team, really? I must be on a different planet.”

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