Enrique: Pique boos are pathetic

Luis Enrique has claimed that the Spain boos directed at Gerard Pique are “pathetic” ahead of Barcelona's trip to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.

Speaking at a Press conference ahead of arguably La Blaugrana's toughest assignment of the season thus far, the Coach also gave an update on Lionel Messi after the No 10 missed training on Friday due to the birth of his son Mateo.

“[On Messi], I complied the squad [for the match] based on the news we have today,” he began.

“If there are variations then we can change the squad. [Javier] Mascherano has only trained today. Messi will train at the Calderon tomorrow.

“Atletico have also lost many players [to injury]. You never know who's more affected, but we're prepared and used to this.

“Pique is wonderful, sincere and very original. What he said was very original. “[Barca and Real Madrid] share a blessed rivalry.

“Therefore, I find it pathetic that a player is booed while representing his country.

“[On celebrating the National Day of Catalonia], I'll work a handful of hours here and then go home to my family like every Diada.

“Against rivals of this calibre, you must play beyond your normal intensity levels or you'll be in trouble.”

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