Isco: The whistling of Pique? That's what he opens himself up to

Posted Sunday, October 08, 2017 by

Isco: The whistling of Pique? That's what he opens himself up to

Every time Gerard Pique touched the ball during Spain's Friday night match in Alicante, the Barcelona defender was whistled by the home crowd, something which Isco had his say on after the match.

The Real Madrid player explained that Pique is unfazed by the reaction of the crowd and that he understands he risks being jeered.

"That's what he opens himself up to," Isco said on the matter.

"We know that on the pitch he is very important for us.

"He has been with the Spanish national teams for 15 years and has shown his commitment.

"People are free to whistle him and to think whatever and he takes it naturally."

Speaking more generally about the current political climate in the Iberian Peninsula, Isco said that he tries not to bring politics into sport.

"It's complicated to mix politics with football and what Spain is going through is a shame," he said.

As for his thoughts on the 3-0 win over Albania, he pointed out that qualifying for next summer's tournament was the main mission, one which has now been accomplished.

"The important thing for us was to qualify, which he have done," the Andalusian said.

"So now we can set a new objective."

Given that Italy failed to defeat Macedonia on Friday, Spain's passage to the finals was confirmed.

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