Gerard Pique said that Barcelona players were only focused on football amid controversy surrounding team president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

"We are focused on what we can control, which is football," said Pique before their Champions League clash against Napoli. "In recent years, what has happened on the pitch has been very important for this club. Results have always sustained the club.

"Everything else is a lot of noise and when a club like Barca goes through moments of weakness, it leaves the players less protected. So we know the responsibility we have. If the team works, if the results are good, we know the financial results or whatever else is going on at the club won't matter. What people want is to see Barca win and that's in our hands."

Pique added that he believed Bartomeu's explanation that he had not knowledge of a social media campaign smearing current and past players, as well as presidential candidates.

"I don't really care that my name appeared. I believed the president's explanation -- at least that he didn't know [what was going on]. He was really affected by it in the meeting with us. Now let's turn the page. Anything that's not to do with football damages us."