Gerard Piqué has claimed the Barcelona dressing room is still united despite the ongoing conflict between Lionel Messi and director of football Eric Abidal​, saying the club are focused on retaining La Liga and winning the Champions League.

In what has been a soap opera-esque season for the Catalan giants, things have descended further into drama over the last week or so after they ​crashed out of Copa del Rey at the hands of Athletic Club on Thursday - just days after Messi ​publicly called out Abidal for his comments relating to Ernesto Valverde's sacking. 

​Barça president Josep Bartomeu did ​intervene in order to cool the conflict, but with the situation lingering over the club like a bad smell and the team hardly firing on the pitch, you might be forgiven for assuming that things are not all rosy in the dressing room. 

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Piqué, however, reckons the players are as unified as ever, with a single-minded focus on salvaging what has been a poor season so far. 

"It's not the moment to dig up dirt," Piqué said, as quoted by ​SPORT. "There's complete unity in the dressing room. The knockout is a blow, but we've spoken among ourselves about the fact we played well, despite all the noise generated this week.

"Everyone knows what they have done well and what they have not and now we must keep working. We need to stop biting our nose to spite our face because that won't help us.

"We built this club on victories and we must do that again. We are working towards doing that, we are playing better, we're adapting to the ideas of the coach and the dressing room is as united as ever, I assure you."

Gerard Pique

Pique was then asked why the traditional Barcelona pre-match huddle has been seen less frequently this season. Some pointed to that as a sign that things are not quite right at Camp Nou.

Piqué responded: "Sometimes we haven't done the huddle because we have new coaches and we end the warm-up differently.

"We did it today. We're calm in the dressing room, looking forward to the most beautiful part of the season. We have the team to win the two trophies left."

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