Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was overjoyed after his team’s 3-2 victory over Valencia.Lionel Messi’s two goals and Antoine Griezmann’s goal held the Catalans within two points of league leaders Atletico Madrid.”The knee’s fine,” Pique said. “It was a minor issue, but nothing.” This was a crucial game to keep fighting until the end after the sudden defeat (to Granada).There would be no easy games, we realized. This means we’re all in the race for the championship. Being there until the end is a feat; it’s something we hoped for at the start of the season, and even more so after the first half.
Today’s game was close to Villarreal’s, in that we were dominating and had chances… Valencia scored first, but our team responded well, turned the game around, and we were able to maintain control. We suffered a little at the end due to a golazo from Soler.”Pique also commented on the outcome, saying: “We’d like to be able to finish games sooner, but things happen. We must also examine the objectives. The issue is that all of our opponents’ chances are going in, and we need to figure out why.”Thursday came as a total shock, and the loss hurt us, but victories over Villarreal and Valencia were difficult to come by, and they gave us hope. We’re still playing, and looking back six months, that’s quite an accomplishment.