Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has called on Gerard Pique and Alvaro Arbeloa to stop their “game” on the grounds that they are role models.
Pique and Arbeloa have engaged in a continued war of words since the Barca stopper made fun of Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey expulsion in December, but Puyol believes the feud has gone on for long enough.
“I think it’s best if neither [Pique nor Arbeloa] continue this game because many children are watching, although the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid will always exist,” he said at the Laureus Awards gala on Sunday.
“[Barca] are a great team who have had a very good season and a half.
“They’re in a slump, but they can still win the League and cup, which would cap a fantastic season. Many teams would love to be in their situation.
“I’m very positive [about the double] and I think we’ll succeed.
“[Luis Enrique] will keep going and players won’t lose any confidence. If they win their next games, everything will be back to normal. No team have won the Champions League twice in a row.
“I’ve seen [Dani Alves’ Instagram video] and all know is that Dani has a lot of respect for the club.
“He’s competitive, a winner and always given everything for Barcelona.”