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Pique eyes ‘historic’ Clasico final

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Barcelona’s defender Jordi Alba (L) celebrates after the UEFA Champions League football match semi final victory over FC Bayern Munich

MADRID, May 13- Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has welcomed the prospect of facing eternal rivals Real Madrid for the first time in a Champions League final in Berlin early next month.

The Catalans sealed their place in a fourth final in 10 years with a 5-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich, despite losing the second leg 3-2 on Tuesday, whilst Madrid must overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit when they host Juventus on Wednesday.

“A final against Madrid would be very exciting and historic,” said the Spanish international.

Barca are not just on the verge of their fifth European Cup, but are three matches away from just the second treble in the club’s history.

Luis Enrique’s men will seal La Liga with victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday and also host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey final on May 30.

“It is a great stat to be in a fourth final of the Champions League in 10 years. During these years our era has been defined by results, our philosophy and I am very happy to have been part of these years.

“It looks very good at the moment, but we need to finish it off. We have done things well, but the most difficult bit is ending the season with titles.”

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