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Barca coach ‘not interested’ in Messi, Pique’s casino night

When asked about the night, Pique said: 'It is my private life. I just had a nice night'

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Spanish team Barcelona has brushed off talk of controversy over the visit by two of their star players to a casino ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Spain’s Gerard Pique were spotted in a casino late Sunday hours before traveling to Manchester.

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The duo was accompanied by Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.

Luis Enrique said the visit is not an issue and insisted that he was only interested in football.

“This guy must work for one of the Spanish channels!” Enrique said when the question was put to him by an English journalist. “I concentrate on football, I’m not concerned about things outside of it. I’d say it’s just the environment of the club generally.”

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Barca

“People know me from when I played at the club, you need extra things at this club to decorate the tree of life,” the Spanish coach said.

“I just need to concentrate on football things, nothing else, everyone needs their own strategy to deal with these things,” he said.

When asked about the night, Pique said: “It is my private life. I just had a nice night.”

Enrique’s team will be playing City in the last-16 of the Champions League for a second successive season.

The Catalans prevailed last year, 4-1 on aggregate, after a 2-0 win in the first leg in Manchester.