Tue 07 September 2021 | 9:26

Pique: My relationship with Pep changed when I met Shakira

The Barcelona defender opens up about his problems with Guardiola in the former coach’s last season at Camp Nou.

Gerard Pique

was part of Barcelona’s historic period under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola. The Spanish coach managed to win two Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles, and two Copa del Ray honors during his four-year stay at the club.

Pique started dating Colombian singer


in 2011, which attracted huge media attention toward the couple. In a new interview with


, Pique reveals his relationship with Shakira has affected his collaboration with Guardiola.

“We arrived at an important point of tension, and with the dressing room in general,”

he told Marca.

“The rivalry with Jose Mourinho wore him out a lot. Pep wanted absolute control of what happened.

“I started going out with Shakira and the relationship with him changed. Now the relationship is perfect.

“I had a lot of pressure. I felt that in training I had to do everything perfect.

“If there were moments that I considered leaving Barcelona, it was that last season.”

Since Guardiola’s departure in 2012, Pique has added another Champions League honor and five more La Liga titles to his trophy tally at the club. The Spaniard continues to be a fan favorite as Barca, with many observers considering him as a future candidate for the club’s presidency.

source: SportMob

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