Edward Stratmann for Licence to Roam:
With the pacey Antoine Griezmann often his opponent for large periods (he also had to deal with Fernando Torres, as the pair regularly switched), Pique’s knack of knowing where to situate himself was crucial in dealing with the dynamic Frenchman. By using his masterful ability to read the game, amazing awareness and excellent concentration, he was able to not let Griezmann get goal-side of him, nor get in behind him. This was vital, for it limited an avenue of attack which Griezmann has proven to be so lethal from this season, plus it also limited the effect of the former Real Sociedad man’s pace very well.
Great year for Barcelona. First title secured in what could become another treble.