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I agree that Pique is a pretty mediocre defender, but I disagree that Cahill is a billion times better. He's just as mediocre as Pique; but at least Pique is good on the ball. Our system is making Cahill look a lot better than he actually is, IMO.

A system which depends on the defenders having a 0 margin of error against any big team and the same team which is yet to lose any match in a big game. Well I would take a player which fits our system than any "supposedly" WC defender like luiz or pique who can't defend if their life depended on it.
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He is fucking overrated CB but if he actualy comes here, I will give him some time to see how will Mou work it out...

Pique has strength, he is tall, good on ball, experienced and good age, but he has one big flaw and thats his mentality.

Would prefer CB who is more a "leader" but honestly there arent many out there who tick all boxes. Hummels is prone to errors and injuries while Varane is unavailable and bit too young to lead our defence. Unavailable anyway.

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I'm not buying all this talk of Barcelona's system doesn't suit defenders. Pique has grown up in that system. So he can have no excuses for crappy performances.

It's not just that he gets exposed at the back. When I see him play, he makes basic defensive mistakes. Playing with Puyol covered it up because Puyol commanded his back line really well.

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Sorry, but I won't jump on the "Pique is shit" bandwagon. Let's take a step back and evaluate what Pique really is about. Yes he is overrated, but he has won everything there is and he has had significantly contributed to that. Against Germany in 2010 he was a fuckin wall. In the two CL finals vs ManU he was immense. No one would get past him. He surely knows how to pick up form for big matches. ON the other hand he gets cought ballwatching more so often. Though he has excellent tackling skills, esp his fair, standing tacklings are second to none. HIs positional sense is average. HIs heading ability is ok for his size. His leap and height are a nice bonus. He is very skilfull for a defender but more disciplined than DAvid LUiz. IMO his experience speaks for itself so I would go for him.

That being said, I highly doubt he will move, having only renewed his contract in 2014 and BArca being short of quality defenders.

And he having failed at MU is not really a valid argument. It was ages ago. He failed for th same reason e.g. Matic did: they were too young. Coming back Pique could be just as much a success having matured as a player.

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Damn. His signing may prove quite the hurdle in the development of Omeruo/Zouma/Kalas/Christensen. Not likely they'd collectively wait until Cahill and Pique ran past their shelf-lives of 3-4 more years just so the 4 of them could start competing amongst each other for 1 or 2 slots.

And between Cahill and Pique there's probably going to be an exorbitant amount of last-ditch slide tackling and attempted blocked-shots as a result of slightly less-than-average marking. At least paired with Terry and Puyol, respectively, it was mitigated for the most part.

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Wait, so if Pique is overrated because he was given the benefit of playing in a specific system and a specific partner(puyol) to shine, wouldn't the same go for busquets???

Busquets should be in his peak, but ever since the decline of xavi, busquets has never looked like he did years prior...

Pique and sergio busquets are in the same boat.

Exactly why I cant wait for javi martinez to replace busquets for Spain.

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Few years ago, he reminded me of Vidic when he went into challenges. He was agressive but his timing was perfect.

However in past seasons, he lost that agressivness and concentration.

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If we get him, especially for £24m, where does that leave guys like Zouma, Christensen & even Kalas?

Jt&Iva and also Cahill are aging. there will always be room for them when they are good enough.

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If we get him, especially for £24m, where does that leave guys like Zouma, Christensen & even Kalas?

Zouma will be the 4th and will contiunue to play in more easy games, and when Terry retires he will be the third if he is doing well (maybe even better if he improves).The others won't have any option since we chose Zouma to be the young CB to develop. It's time to wake up for that reality. Kalas can't play for Koln so... he won't have any chance here.

Don't know why are you so concerned with Kalas and Crristensen... do you belive we are going to have that 3 players at the same time in the team? I don't understand where you saw something like that in the world.

Pique is another deal like Fabregas, Sanchez... and many others. We need a CB so we should buy him since he has a great price and is a WC player for the next 5 years.And in reality... Terry is almost over and Cahill is not that good. We need better CB.

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