Pique: Barcelona has to fight back
Gerard Pique has issued a rallying cry for Barcelona to fight back from their 20 deficit to AC Milan in the Champions League.
The Blaugrana were fancied to beat the Rossoneri on Wednesday night, but goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari ensured the Liga giants went home empty-handed.
The Camp Nou centre-back hopes he and his team-mates can learn from what was a flat display at San Siro, and refused to blame any external factors for their defeat.
"We are Barcelona and we have to fight back. It looked as though Milan were coming into the match as victims but we know this club, the history they have. There are no excuses - the pitch, the referee, nothing - we have to work hard to fight back." Said Pique.
GLT to be used at 2014 World Cup
Fifa has announced that Goal-Line Technology (GLT) will be used at both the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. The scheme underwent a trial during December's Club World Cup, and the governing body has decided to put it to further use at their upcoming competitions. "The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests," a statement read.
Del Piero seals Sydney FC stay
Alessandro Del Piero has finally agreed to extend his stay at Sydney FC, with the club announcing on Thursday the Italian has activated the second season of his two-year deal. "I am very happy to be staying at Sydney FC for another season," the Juventus legend said via statement. "I chose Sydney FC at the beginning of this season because I wanted to show my love of football in another country and I have enjoyed the challenge and my time at Sydney FC and in Australia." Said Del Piero.
Nadal earns first title of comeback
Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Brazil Open last week, his first trophy since returning from a sevenmonth layoff to treat his left knee.
“Brazil will always be in my heart,” Nadal said. “Big things started to happen after I won here in 2005 and hopefully this is the start of something good again.” Said Nadal