Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has admitted that he would like to play in an El Clasico Champions League final, conceding to Marca his disappointment at seeing Real Madrid eliminated at the semi-final stage.
The Catalans sealed their passage to the Champions League final with a 5-3 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich, despite going down 3-2 in Germany last Tuesday.
Among the ensuing celebrations, Pique and his teammates undoubtedly had one eye on the remaining semi-final as eternal rivals Real Madrid looked to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Juventus.
A possible El Clasico final would have been a grand spectacle, hosting the two best players on the planet in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo coupled with all the entertainment which surrounds the fixture.
However, Italian champions Juve ultimately spoiled the Spanish dream by eliminating Madrid with a spirited 1-1 second-leg draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
From a Barca perspective, it has been largely received as the more favourable result among players and supporters as they head to Berlin as favourites to land their fifth European crown.
Pique, however, stood out against the popular opinion by telling reporters of his preference for a Barca-Madrid final and lamented Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s 3-2 aggregate defeat.
"The final is what it is. Would we have liked to face Real Madrid? I'm the sort of person who would like to play Real Madrid in a Champions League final before I retire, but now I have to savour this final because you never know if it'll be your last,” the Spanish international conceded.
Barcelona have the opportunity to become the first team to complete a treble on two separate occasions as a Copa Del Rey final and probable La Liga title await them over the next three weeks.