The 29 year old defender has enjoyed a immensely successful international carrier with Spain, but has divided opinion due to his intension to make controversial statement.

Gerard Pique believes he gets more commendation for his form with Spain when he is less categorical off the field.

The 29 year old Catalan has won the World cup and Euro Cup with Spain in his seven year carrier with Spain, till now he has got 83 caps for Spain.

He has been sneer by Spain fans; he has supported the Catalan independence campaigners and compliance to denounce Barcelona's rivals Real Madrid.

His from with the La Roja has been consistently good, and everyone questioned about his performance when he made a controversial statement.

"It seems like when I don't talk so much people praise my performances more," he told reporters.

"I've been playing very well for a number of years. I'm happy about that."

The Spanish defender has taking confidence from their wins over the Belgium and Liechtenstein.

"We try to study our rivals so we know where to improve," he said. "It's not just tactics that have an influence; the set-up isn't so important in this type of game.

"I don't compare Julen to Vicente [del Bosque]. Vicente's time in charge can't ever be repeated, and now we're starting a new spell with a lot of hope and excitement. And we've started well, we beat Belgium away and got a good result against Liechtenstein.

"The history of Italy is incredible and it carries great weight. They get called defensive, but they're playing better football all the time. They're scoring freely right now."