6 Interceptions & 5 tackles: Reported Chelsea and United target Gerard Pique on point in Spain win

Gerard Pique

Amid reports linking Barcelona's Gerard Pique with a move to the Premier League, we review his most recent performance in Spain's 3-0 victory over European minnows Belarus.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique may have reinstated his desire to stay with the Catalan giants this January, but this will not have stopped Manchester United and Chelsea fans keeping one eye on his performance against Belarus on Saturday. 

The World Cup winner has played in just eight of Barcelona's 15 games this season, and has not featured for Luis Enrique's side since their 3-1 loss to rivals Real Madrid back in October. Nonetheless, he looks set to snub a move to the Premier League after revealing he has no intention of leaving the La Liga outfit.

  PositionTeamMins Played
Gerard Pique CB Spain 90

He experienced a quiet game in what turned out to be a routine win for La Roja, as a stunning strike from Isco helped the side keep their Euro 2016 qualifying bid on track. 

The Madrid midfielder opened the scoring, before Sergio Busquets added a second within a minute courtesy of a powerful drive. The win was then rounded off early in the second half when Pedro in a third.

Pique won five headed duels throughout 90 minutes, while making five tackles, one clearance, two blocks and a match-best six interceptions. 

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes recently made comments regarding Pique's suitability to the English game. He made the suggestion that the Barcelona defender was more adept while playing for a side who dominate possession.

  Headed DuelsInterceptionsTacklesPassesPass Accuracy (%)Touches
Pique 5 6 5 73 84.9 93

Spain may have done just that against Belarus, yet he was still able to show his ability to clean-up at the back when called upon. 

His distribution further enforces his comfortability. His misplaced just a handful of passes in this tie, as he recorded a final completion rate of 85%, while accumulating an impressive 93 touches. 

It goes without saying, the Spaniard will face much tougher tests in the matches ahead. Nonetheless, he looked a calm figure on his return to first team action.

Manchester United and Chelsea will undoubtedly continue to monitor Pique's situation in Spain, with the view of making a move for the Catalan should he decide to seek a new challenge. 

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