Thiago Alcantara, Koke, Sergi Busquets, all three come from different backgrounds, but one thing they have in common regarding the whole Gerard Pique case is that they wish it was all over so they could go back to focusing on football, and these days in particular, on Spain’s crucial World Cup qualifiers.
It bothers us because we come to play football. I haven’t come to talk about anyone’s life and neither has Koke. We don’t want to talk. We just want to play football. That’s the solution. Everyone has their personal opinion and we’re here to talk about the national team, not about political and public debates
Thiago said in a Press conference, after repeated questions regarding the way Pique was treated (booed and insulted) but some Spanish fans during their first training session ahead of the game against Albania. Just before joining the national team, Pique had expressed, not for the first time, his pride of being Catalan, indignant at the police brutality on Sunday, the day Catalans voted in a non-binding ‘stay in Spain or break away’ referendum.
It’s a bit tiring talking about the same thing. We’re professionals and we’re thinking about football
Koke said from his side in the same Press conference.
The situation is even more difficult to deal with for Pique’s teammate at Barcelona and Catalan himself, Sergi Busquets.
I would say this is my most difficult spell in the national team due to everything that is happening and I think it will be difficult to sort out the Pique situation
the Catalan midfielder said.