Gerard Pique surprised by 16-point gap to Real Madrid

Barcelona's Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring the opener on December 1, 2012
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Gerard Pique admits that a 16-point lead over Real Madrid is "surprising".

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has admitted that it is a surprise to be so far ahead of Real Madrid at this stage of the season.

He pinpointed Tito Vilanova's seamless integration after the Pep Guardiola era as a big reason for Barca doing so well.

"No-one expected such a big lead," AS quotes Pique as saying. "Madrid won the league and have a great team, so it is a very significant distance.

"Tito is doing great. He is doing no more and no less than Pep, just exactly what is needed. The team is performing at a superb level and we have not noticed the transition."

Barcelona host Getafe on Sunday.

Cesc Fabregas is congratulated by his team mates after scoring his team's fourth goal on December 1, 2012
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