Pique:We deserved Copa del Rey

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists Barca were deserved winners of the Copa del Rey, following the 2-0 win over Sevilla in the final on Sunday.

The La Liga champions survived the first-half dismissal of Javier Mascherano as they scored twice in extra-time at Vicente Calderon Stadium, much to the delight of the Spain international, who was the man of the match on the day.

“The team’s trajectory in recent years is magnificent,” Pique said. “We had to play back for a lot of minutes and try to find some counter-attacks.

“The game got really tough around the half-hour, but we fought, we won and I think we deserved it.”

Goals from Jordi Alba and Neymar handed the Catalans their fourth title of the season, after winning the Liga title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup earlier in the campaign.

“We want to keep winning titles and adding to our honours,” Pique added. “It’s a pleasure to have our fans with us, especially when a game like this goes into extra time.”