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Barcelona player claims they can compete for trophies despite 5th consecutive El Clasico loss

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains confident and optimistic despite suffering a fifth consecutive loss against bitter rivals Real Madrid. The first “El Clasico” of the year took place on Wednesday, in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana. Real Madrid advanced to the final with a 3-2 victory after extra time.

It was a dramatic match that ended 2-2 after regulation time, with Barcelona on the backfoot throughout the match. In extra time, Fede Valverde scored the winning goal for Los Blancos, and the Blaugrana were no longer able to find a reply, Despite this, “we competed really well,” said Pique after the match.

“In the end, we haven’t made the final. It’s not the result we hoped for and it’s a shame, because losing against Real Madrid always hurts, but I think we’re closer to winning. We’re competing and now we just need that next step to start winning,” he added, as quoted by Sport.

Indeed, the loss must have hurt the squad, and Pique himself admitted just before the encounter that they were still hurting from the 2-1 loss in the La Liga “El Clasico” which took place last October.