Pique: Cristiano Ronaldo has a propensity to dive

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Pique: Cristiano Ronaldo has a propensity to dive

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

16 June 2018 Saturday 08:56
Pique: Cristiano Ronaldo has a propensity to dive

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has spoken after Spain's draw with Portugal, discussing the tie and events on and off the field over the past few days.

The Spain international was clearly unhappy with the manner in which Portugal secured their late equaliser, telling the press he wasn't convinced by the fouls from which Cristiano Ronaldo scored.

"We had more chances, they had three shots and scored three goals," he reflected to reporters. "Games go one way and you have to face it.

"Finding yourself in the opening game of the World Cup with a penalty against you and a goal down after two minutes, you have to leave with a good feeling about how the game went.

"Cristiano has a propensity to dive."

He did stick up for teammate David de Gea though, after the Manchester United shot-stopper's error gifted a goal to Portugal on the stroke of half-time.

"[De Gea has] been doing this for many years and we all face it, I'm sure that in important moments he will be how he has always been," he insisted.

"A lack of confidence? Not at all, it's what you want to suggest, in the dressing room it's clear that David is our goalkeeper, he's shown it for years."

As may have been expected, Pique was asked about the situation surrounding Julen Lopetegui's departure, but refused to give away any details.

"We are hurt as little as possible, we're all in it together in the World Cup," he explained. "It's not a good experience for anyone.

"We hope to reach the final and win it, in the end we'll see. The World Cup has started, you have to turn the page, the time to reflect will come but for now in the competition you have to focus on the football.

"There were meetings with many people and from there the president decides, you've seen that. From that everything stays with us.

"The fact he negotiated with Madrid doesn't annoy me, at all, the background is clear, it's a huge club and the club of his life.

"The argument is about the manner [in which he negotiated] and the president didn't like it. The players are here to play, the less we talk the better."

This tournament is also expected to be Pique's last with Spain, having expressed plans to retire from international football.

"I've already said it and the decision is quite certain, you never know 100 percent what will happen but when I say something I usually follow through with it," he insisted.

"I think the time has come, we hope to win and go out with a bang."

Pique will likely be in the team as Spain face Iran on Wednesday looking to secure their first win of the tournament.

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