Barcelona Defender Gerard Pique Says He Has 'Most Fun' Playing at Espanyol & Real Madrid

Callum Rice-Coates

​Gerard Pique has revealed that he enjoys playing away against Barcelona's rivals Espanyol and Real Madrid more than anywhere else.

Luis Enrique's side emerged as 3-0 winners from their trip to the  RCDE Stadium on Saturday night, returning to the top of La Liga with three games remaining.

A Luis Suarez brace, either side of an Ivan Rakitic goal in the second half gave Barcelona a crucial derby victory. Pique expressed his delight at the result following the game, despite receiving a less than welcome reception from some of the home supporters.

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga
RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga

"This stadium, together with Real Madrid's, is where I have the most fun," Pique said - via ​FourFourTwo.

"The majority of Espanyol supporters are polite, but there are always rowdy minorities.  Those who shout come here to release their frustrations in life.  I just have to remain focused on the match."

Pique added: "We played a superb match, we controlled the situation until the 1-0. Usually, we obtain positive results here and we managed to do it again.

"It's never easy because they always want to spoil our season, but the final score proves we are superior."

Manager Luis Enrique was also complimentary of the performance of his players after the game, claiming that an underwhelming first half served to 'wear out' Espanyol.

"I am delighted with the team," ​he said. "In the first half, it may not have been as effective or spectacular, but we managed to wear out Espanyol.

"It was a derby with intensity on the part of the two teams, but we were very compact. Without that performance, there would not have been our second half. We knew if we set a high pace during the 90 minutes, we would have more chances. This high pace then served to make the most of their mistakes."

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