Lionel Messi has hardly ever been identified for talking out however he may just no longer lend a hand himself when analysing what has been a disastrous season finale for Barcelona and didn’t cling again after Thursday’s limp 2-1 La Liga defeat at house through Osasuna.
Calling his facet “weak”, “inconsistent” and “very easy to score against”, the membership captain referred to as for pressing adjustments after surrendering the league identify to Real Madrid, announcing it used to be no just right to make use of their opponents’ relentless shape as an excuse.
“Messi explodes”, ran the quilt of newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
Barca’s attentions now flip to the Champions League, a trophy they have got in some way didn’t win since 2015 regardless of most commonly reigning superb in Spain in that duration.
But few would again them to win the mini-tournament in Lisbon in August, least of all Messi, who does no longer even fancy their probabilities of hurdling their last-16 tie with Napoli, which is poised at 1-1 forward of the second one 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 mentioned.
“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 in particular scathing commentary of the reign of trainer Quique Setien, who used to be appointed in January after the membership sacked Ernesto Valverde once they have been best of the desk on purpose distinction.
Setien, in the meantime, didn’t give precisely give himself a vote of self belief, admitting he used to be unsure if the membership would stay 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 mentioned.
Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has mentioned Setien will proceed subsequent season, however neither he nor the trainer are set for an extended keep on the membership. Bartomeu’s run as president leads to 2021 and he’s barred from status for re-election.
Victor Font is the front-runner within the elections and has promised to convey membership nice Xavi Hernandez with him as trainer.
The former midfielder, who’s lately in control of Qatari facet Al Sadd, has declared that he and his group of workers are already making ready for the Barca task.