"Both with or without the ball, we have options to win the game"
Gerard Piqué is ambitious and thinks FC Barcelona can be the first team to win two Champions Leagues in a row. In an interview at UEFA's website, the center-back also talked about the complexity of winning all the matches and also compared Luis Enrique's Barça with the team in the previous seasons.
Winning the second Champions League in a row
"It's obviously a plus to be able to write even more history. I think we can do it, but there's still a lot of work to do, remembering these are three very difficult months. But obviously we have to go for it."
Motivation to win
"That's difficult. Don't think it's easy. There are a lot of games, and you're at a club where you should always win, and you have to find the desire and motivation to win every game, whether you're playing a smaller team or you're going to [Arsenal]. So that takes a lot – but it's our job."
"And as the season progresses, it gets easier, because you know it's a matter of days or weeks before you can win an actual trophy."
Going down in history
"I think we've found a generation of players with a brutal amount of talent, and we have to benefit from that as much as possible. And later, when we retire, we'll see if people value what we did as something important."
The changes introduced by Luis Enrique
"I think we have more variety in terms of winning back the ball, possession and controlling the rhythm of the game. We're always creating chances. Another variation we've found, when we're defending, is that we can drop a bit deeper and try to go for a counterattack. That gives us something different – something we didn't have."
"I remember it used to be harder for us to drop back and defend. We didn't really like it, it made us feel uncomfortable. Now we feel more comfortable, knowing we have three players up front who are very quick and make us dangerous on every counter. That helps us to make sure that, both with or without the ball, we have options to win the game."
Reaching 50 goals with Barça
"This season will be difficult, but perhaps with one goal a game we could get there, so I would have to attack more! But no, it's not an objective to score goals. But you do know I like to be involved in attacks. That 50 target is still a long way off – maybe by the end of my career I'll get there."
First memory of the European Cup
"I remember the moment we won the first European Cup in Wembley. I was 5 years old and I saw the match on my grandparents' house in Barcelona. It was a key match for the club's history. At that time, we used to play well, but we didn't win. I've been lucky to be born in the best period of the club."