BARCELONA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Not content with dumping local rivals Espanyol out of the King’s Cup in the quarter-finals, Barcelona captain Gerard Pique added insult to injury by mocking their city credentials.
“Espanyol de Cornella always make it difficult for us,” he told reporters in a sly dig at the club’s RCDE ground on the outskirts of Cornella, some 10km south-west of Barca’s Nou Camp.
“Yes, of course, Espanyol de Cornella... they’re from Cornella right?” he asked mischeviously after Barcelona won Thursday’s second leg 2-0 to progress 2-1 on aggregate.
Espanyol moved to the 40,000-capacity RCDE in Cornella in 2009, previously playing at the Olympic Stadium, while their historical home was up in the hilly Barcelona town of Sarria.
They have won four major trophies compared to Barca’s vast collection of silverware and base their identity on loyalty and local pride, calling themselves “the marvellous minority”. (Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris)