Gerard Pique Says Media Gave Jose Mourinho Free Pass As Long As Real Madrid Was Winning

Gerard PiqueBarcelona defender Gerard Piqué criticized the press for their treatment of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, saying he was allowed to do anything when he was winning.

“It’s funny when I read the press many times,” Pique said. “When [Mourinho] was winning, he was allowed to do anything. When Real Madrid came to Camp Nou, he poked Tito [Vilanova] in the eye, and how many games was he suspended?

“Now that he is benching Iker [Casillas] or puts a colleague of yours in a room, he is criticized. It’s not fair. Mou has always been like that. The problem is that when he was winning, he was permitted anything and now is not the case anymore. I don’t think the press should be this way. And this goes also for Barcelona press.

“It seems that we will never lose, but that will happen. When a journalist loses his impartiality, is when things are done wrong. I speak to both sides, it is not a criticism only to Madrid [press],” he added.

The 25-year old still thinks Real Madrid should not be dismissed from the league title race yet, despite the 18-point difference with Barcelona.

“Until Real Madrid mathematically has no options, it will be a great rival,” he said.

The Spain international talked about the great momentum of his team but said it is not good to have a sensation of invincibility.

“The limit is never reached and now we are back to a good level of play,” he continued. “We cannot have a sense of being invincible. The team is prepared to receive compliments, but they do more harm than good. This year we can play with many alternatives. We have a very good and competitive squad.”

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