Pique: Barca’s pre-season hasn’t helped us

first_imgGerard Pique blamed Barcelona’s pre-season fixtures for their slow start to the campaign after a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday.Barca eased the pressure on head coach Ernesto Valverde with their victory at Camp Nou, moving onto 10 points from six La Liga games.While not wanting to make excuses, Pique felt Barcelona’s pre-season, which saw them travel to Japan and the United States, has impacted their start to the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Lionel Messi made just his first start of the season after recovering from a calf injury, only to come off at half-time due to an adductor problem.”The pre-season did not help at all to start well in the competition, a lot of travel and little training,” Pique said post-match. “Many of us notice it and we don’t have the tone yet, not only Messi, but we must continue because we are forced to win, it is a setback. “Look now what has happened to Messi, but there are no excuses, in the team there are qualified people to replace him and move on, although we hope he will be out as short as possible.”There are quite a few players who have not achieved the tone because it is what it is. I do not know the severity of his [Messi’s] injury and I hope it is as little as possible.”There are no excuses. Although it is the best there are no excuses in Barcelona, although the pre-season was not the best.”Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Arthur helped Barca past Villarreal, who pulled one back through Santi Cazorla. Pique said the three points were vital for Valverde’s team as they now sit a point behind league leaders Granada.”It was important to win so as not to disengage from the top teams. With both goals and Leo’s injury, the team has pulled back a bit,” he said.”They have advanced the lines and marked us. In the second half, it was difficult.”Barcelona make the trip to Getafe in their next outing on Saturday with Pique aware the Catalan faithful will expect nothing less than another win. “I understand the people, they pay the entrance fee and they deserve to express what they feel,” he told reporters, via Marca .”We would like to win all the games, but the players are people and emotionally and personally we have our life and it is difficult to yield 100 per cent and we are not machines.”We try to do our best. I wouldn’t give it more importance. We have to focus on Getafe.”last_img read more

Handyman remanded for several armed robberies

Cheddie Bacchus, a handyman of Norton Street, Georgetown, was today remanded to prison for several armed robberies.He appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.The first charge alleged that on May 12, 2019 at Cemetery Road, Georgetown while being in company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Basil Agar of a gold chain worth $150,000 and a cellular phone worth $10,000.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location as the previous charge, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Annette Ferguson of a motorcycle valued at $275,000, a phone valued at $10,000, and $3,000 in cash.The third charge stated that on June 20, 2019, at Princes Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and armed with a gun, he robbed Onika Hinds of a gold chain valued at $46,000.The last charge stated that on the same day and at the same location as the previous charge, he robbed Ashanti Wilson of a phone valued at $46,000, a gold chain valued at $120,000, and a watch valued at $15,000.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail being granted to Bacchus, saying that when the defendant was arrested he admitted in a caution statement to robbing the victims and selling their articles.The Prosecutor also based his objections on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegations, the penalty the charges attract, and the fact that a gun was used to commit the offences.Bacchus, while addressing the court, stated, “Is one particular officer keep locking me up. Look at my foot, it ain’t good, I can’t even walk properly much less run. Why would I rob people in my own neighborhood?”Magistrate McGusty, after listening to both sides, remanded Bacchus to prison until July 3. (Story by Oma Pierre) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted man remanded on armed robbery chargesJanuary 11, 2019In “Court”21-Y-O charged for robbing, shooting Kristian JefferyJuly 17, 2019In “Court”Teen admits to committing armed robberies, to be sentenced tomorrow  August 5, 2019In “Court” read more