Barcelona boss Guardiola delighted with Pique return to form

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola highlighted the contribution of his defensive trio for victory over Athletic Bilbao. Guardiola felt Gerard Pique was back to his best on the day.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola highlighted the contribution of his defensive trio for victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Guardiola felt Gerard Pique was back to his best on the day.

He said: "We've missed Gerard for the better part of the year. He's back to his necessary playing form. He and Mascherano played a great game.

"Javier (Mascherano) is an almost unimaginable signing. He's the type of player that a manager wouldn't trade for anything, and would never sell. He's a unique signing. We're very pleased to have him. I also want to highlight Adriano's effort."

On the title race, he added: "[Real Madrid are] having a fantastic season. We must work hard, win our matches, and if they lose points, all the better."

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