Messi and Griezmann on good terms affirms Piqué
Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann might not be like brothers but they do see eye to eye, according to Gerard Piqué.
Gerard Pique insists Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann have a perfectly normal relationship.
Earlier this month, new signing Griezmann admitted to finding it "difficult" to connect with Barca's superstar captain as neither of them are naturally big talkers.
It had been rumoured Messi, who hoped for Neymar's return, objected to the club's pursuit of the France international.
Messi branded that a "lie" and insisted he has no problem with Griezmann, a claim supported by Pique.
The experienced centre-back told Spanish broadcaster Cadena SER the pair are on "very good" terms.
"Here, we magnify everything very much," Pique said. Leo and Grizi get along, the same as Leo and [Ousmane] Dembele get along, or Leo with Pedro or [David] Villa. It's good. With Luis [Suarez and Messi], they are almost like brothers. Just because he doesn't get along [with Griezmann] like he does with Luis doesn't mean they get along badly."
Messi and Suarez starred for Barça in their last outing, a comprehensive 5-1 win over Real Valladolid.
The Spanish champions sit top of LaLiga, a point ahead of Real Madrid, but there will no showdown between the bitter rivals until December 18 following the postponement of the season's first Clasico.
The decision to move the match, originally scheduled to be played at Camp Nou on October 26, was made amid civil unrest and protests in Catalonia.
Barcelona-born Pique believes that was a mistake.
"My opinion is that it was not necessary," he said. It magnified a problem that wasn't there. Espanyol played Villarreal that week and nothing happened. I think that for the league and for the clubs it was not the best. I think the league, as a competition, and the clubs have to take the bull by the horns and ensure that the show goes on."
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