Pique anticipates close contest
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the upcoming race for the La Liga title is impossible to call.
Barca are seeking to reclaim their crown following arch rivals Real Mardid's triumph in the 2011/12 season under Jose Mourinho, but Pique believes that, despite a change of coach at the Nou Camp, there is still little to choose between the two teams.
"Madrid are the current Primera Division champions and we will try to win the league and be champions again, but it'll be extremely tough for us," said Pique, who played an integral role in Spain's Euro 2012 triumph earlier this summer.
"It is 50-50 right now, both teams are on equal ground."
The major change at Barca during the close-season took place in the dugout, where manager Pep Guardiola was replaced by his former assistant Tito Vilanova.
There could yet be more twists and turns in the transfer market, however, with the Catalonian giants continuing to be one of the clubs linked with a move for Arsenal's Robin van Persie, though it is understood that Vilanova will not be prepared to enter into a bidding war for the striker.