Speaking with reporters on Saturday after the La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Leganes, Gerard Pique was asked if his Davis Cup duties may be the reason why he is not performing at his best. Pique said: "I had a friendly conversation with the coach about my plans and how we were going to manage it, I have a phenomenal relationship with the coach and with the club, all this noise is coming from outside."
Pique attended the Davis Cup Finals this week in Madrid multiple times and he still managed to train in Barcelona: "The journey takes 40 minutes, I'm just getting all this attention for who I am and what I represent.
I try to do things in a simple way and the criticism is not serious, but people are allowed to think what they want. I'm staying in Madrid to watch the Davis Cup semi-finals. What you do off the pitch is your business, my only job is to play well and do as well as possible."
Barcelona was trailing Leganes 1-0 at half-time but came back from behind to claim a tough 2-1 win. Barcelona is currently leading the La Liga table with 28 points. Rival Real Madrid is second-placed with 28 points as well, but there is a goal difference of one point between the group leaders and Real.
On the new team competition format, Toni Nadal said: "I liked the Davis Cup the way it was before but you needed to change something. The best players struggled playing it and this year expect some players who were taking care of their own interests, almost all the top guys are playing. Pique's investment is very smart and we have to support him."