Barcelona: Iniesta defends 'controversial' Pique - FCNaija

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 05/02/2018

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has defended Gerard Pique's controversial celebration following his late equalizer at Espanyol on Sunday.

Pique grabbed the Blaugrana a late leveller away to Espanyol with the defender's celebration, a finger raised to his lips, emblematic of the tension surrounding the match.

Barcelona kept their unbeaten run in LaLiga alive in difficult circumstances on Sunday with Pique securing a late 1-1 draw away from home and Iniesta confirmed afterwards that Pique's controversial celebration is typical of derby matches.

Defending his team-mate who is hardly the most popular figure amongst Espanyol's supporters following his recent comments, Iniesta said: "These things happen in derby matches. I don't know the exact gesture that Pique has made. I hope everything is very calm." Iniesta explained in his post-match interview as published by MARCA

Flying tackles and rough challenges were part and parcel of a wet Catalan derby on Sunday with Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde happy to accept that such is natural for these games.