Spain boss Vincente del Bosque says it is now unusual for Gerard Pique not to be whistled by Spain fans.
The gaffer made this observation after the defender was once again whistled by Spain fans when the Spanish national team arrived in Alicante, for Friday’s game against England, despite the game being moved from the Santiago Bernabeu to minimise the criticism of the Barcelona star.
“The whistles at Pique are a stream that’s impossible to stop,” Del Bosque was quoted as saying by SPORTS as he previewed Spain’s game with England on Friday night.
He added: “We’ve reached a point where it would be unusual if Pique wasn’t whistled. I think it’s best not to worry or talk about it.”
“He’s not here because of an imposition or because we have a moral obligation [to pick him].
“He’s here because we have the firm opinion that he can be useful.
“When a team isn’t working out, the players are also accused – this year it’s not working for Chelsea and that’s what’s happening.”
The defender, who was also whistled in other cities like Leon, Oviedo and Logrono, was the subject of abuse as he entered the hotel, while his other team-mates received shouts of encouragement.