Pique pokes fun at ‘Espanyol de Cornella’

first_imgBarcelona Pique pokes fun at ‘Espanyol de Cornella’ after Barcelona’s Copa victory Alex Fisher 20:44 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) gerardpique - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Espanyol Copa del Rey Primera División Barcelona v Espanyol The Spain international offered local rivals a cheekily reworked moniker after Ernesto Valverde’s side beat their neighbours in knockout competition Gerard Pique poked fun at Espanyol after Barcelona’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg, suggesting Quique Sanchez Flores’ side should not be classed as their city rivals.After losing the first leg 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium on January 17, Barca turned the tie around on Thursday with a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.Ernesto Valverde’s men join Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes – who knocked out Real Madrid – in the last four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Pique could not resist a jibe at their Catalan rivals as Barca celebrated progression at Camp Nou, naming them Espanyol de Cornella – a suburb of the Barcelona metropolitan area – rather than Espanyol de Barcelona.”It isn’t that we suffered so much in this game, but Espanyol de Cornella always make it difficult for us,” he said, as quoted by Marca.”We started very well with the two goals and it is a result that pleases us.”When questioned on the new name he had given Flores’ side, the Spain international added: “Yes, Espanyol de Cornella, they’re from Cornella right?”Thursday’s victory also saw the debut of record signing Philippe Coutinho, a substitute performance that impressed central defender Pique.”He [Coutinho] has a very ‘Barca’ style,” added the 30-year-old. “In many ways he looks like Andres [Iniesta] and he can help us a lot.”last_img read more