Gerard Pique has criticised the UEFA punishment on Barcelona for their fans waving "esteladas" (Catalan flags with a star for independence) at the Champions League final in Berlin.
"The sanction for the esteladas is totally unfair, but we have to let the club act," said Pique, who also admitted "in the future I would like to be captain of Barcelona".
The defender along with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, spoke before the media after Barcelona arrived in Washington on their USA tour.
"It's not too important when you lose in preseason," explained Pique, after Barcelona went down 3-1 to Manchester United.
He did say, however: "What hurt us the most was the goal from the corner because last year we dealt with these situations well."
Pique was asked about the transfer market and Barcelona star Pedro Rodriguez.
He said: "Pedro is in a difficult situation because in front of him are thre three best in the world (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). But if Pedro left, the squad would be worse."
In fact, Pique was optimisitc about next season and the targets of winning the Super Cups of Spain and Europe. "With this squad we can return to try and lift the sextuple," he said, as one of the players who did it in 2009.
In a personal aspect, Pique was pleased with how he performed last season. "I completed my promise to return to be one of the best defenders in the world," he said.