Pique: Arbeloa doesn’t merit attention

Gerard Pique refused to respond to Alvaro Arbeloa’s latest jibe after Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad as he “doesn’t deserve much attention”.

Arbeloa tweeted “how difficult it is to win beat 11 men” in light of Barca beating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League midweek and then losing to La Real, a result which cut the Catalans’ lead in La Liga to just three points, but Pique was in no mood to reignite his long-running feud with the Real Madrid defender.

“I still think we won’t let the League slip,” he said after the game on Saturday.

“We have to be very optimistic, and it’s very important that we do well in Champions League. Wednesday is the most important game of the season.

“We could lose afford to drop these points because we had the lead. Now we can’t fail anymore.

“The gap is still good for us. No-one likes losing, but these things happen.

“[On his response to Alvaro Arbeloa], a player who has started once in 32 League games doesn’t deserve much attention.

“If you’re not a main player on the pitch then don’t be one off it.”

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