Lionel Messi has not often been identified for talking out however he couldn’t assist himself when analysing what has been a disastrous season finale for Barcelona and didn’t maintain again after Thursday’s limp 2-1 La Liga defeat at house by Osasuna.
Calling his aspect “weak”, “inconsistent” and “very easy to score against”, the membership captain known as for pressing modifications after surrendering the league title to Real Madrid, saying it was no good to make use of their rivals’ relentless kind as an excuse.
“Messi explodes”, ran the quilt of newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Barca’s attentions now flip to the Champions League, a trophy they’ve in some way did not win since 2015 regardless of largely reigning supreme in Spain in that interval.
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But few would again them to win the mini-tournament in Lisbon in August, least of all Messi, who doesn’t even fancy their probabilities of hurdling their last-16 tie with Napoli, which is poised at 1-1 forward of the second leg on the Camp Nou on Aug. 8.
“I said a while ago that it would be very hard to win the Champions League if we kept playing like this and it turned out it wasn’t even good enough to win the league,” he stated.
“If we want to win the Champions League we need to change many things, otherwise we will lose to Napoli too.
“We need to clear our heads, this break should give us the opportunity to take some air as things have been very bad from January to now.”
SETIEN’S UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Messi’s phrases have been a very scathing assertion of the reign of coach Quique Setien, who was appointed in January after the membership sacked Ernesto Valverde once they have been high of the desk on objective distinction.
Setien, in the meantime, didn’t give precisely give himself a vote of confidence, admitting he was unsure if the membership would hold religion in him for the Champions League marketing campaign.
“I hope so, but I don’t know. I agree with Messi on some things and that we need to take a hard look at ourselves,” he stated.
Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated Setien will proceed subsequent season, however neither he nor the coach are set for an extended keep on the membership. Bartomeu’s run as president ends in 2021 and he’s barred from standing for re-election.
Victor Font is the front-runner within the elections and has promised to deliver membership nice Xavi Hernandez with him as coach.
The former midfielder, who’s at present in control of Qatari aspect Al Sadd, has declared that he and his employees are already making ready for the Barca job.