As he and his current team-mates arrived at the Bernabeu ahead of their Spanish Super Cup second leg, Real Madrid fans chanted "He stays" at Pique in a refreshingly light-hearted - yet still amusing - jest.
The effect of last night was that Gerard Pique, according to the BBC felt "inferior" to our rivals for the very first time, a stark admission for the defender, who has been with Barcelona for nine years.
"It was an unlucky incident".
"We lost 3-1 because we made a number of errors and they were very good at the critical points". We need attacking players to compensate for Neymar. "(This is) not the way to express yourself and even less so from inside the club, singling out a player". We have the game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Valverde told a news conference on Sunday: "We're Barca and we want to have the best team".
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his call for the club's board to strengthen in the transfer market on Tuesday, but warned replacing the departed Neymar will be nearly impossible.
"Until August 31, like every other team, the market is open to us".
"I think the arrival of Paulinho is good because he is a player with a different profile than we have and he is a player that can contribute a lot".
Cristiano Ronaldo was at the heart of the action at the Camp Nou despite only appearing as a second-half substitute, scoring a sensational goal and being controversially sent off.
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month for a world record 222 million euro fee, but Barca's attempts to replace the Brazilian have so far fallen short.
However, Busquets insists that the forward's departure can not be used as an excuse for Barca losing important matches. With Neymar's departure there is a lack of attacking players, but as I said before getting better means improving in all positions and all aspects.