Spain ‘happy with Pique’

Spain assistant coach Toni Grande says the management of the national team have no problem with Gerard Pique’s recent behaviour.

Pique has been criticised in some quarters for exchanging words with members of the Real Madrid squad, with the fear the quarrel could spill over into international duty.

“It’s not a problem for us. We’re happy with Pique when he comes to the national team,” Grande is quoted by Marca as telling Radio 4G.

Grande moved on to discuss Spain’s Euro 2016 group, one he sees as difficult, and some of the players making a case for inclusion in the party to travel to France.

“It’s a tough group. There are three strong teams who are going to cause problems,” Grande said of Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey.

“The positive is we play the hardest team [Croatia] last. It was the other way round [at the 2014 World Cup] in Brazil and that was worse.

“[Aritz] Aduriz, [Imanol] Agirretxe, three or four others are in the same situation. They’re scoring goals and playing well, so we’ll see.

“[Spain are] one of the favourites. We’re defending the trophy and in the last few years we’ve been one of the teams to consider.”

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