We have been self-critical behind the scenes, admits Messi

Lionel Messi said that Barcelona had held internal discussions to solve their recent problems after losing at home to Osasuna on Thursday. The Argentine was heavily criticizing his team on Thursday night as Quique Setien’s side surrendered the LaLiga title to Real Madrid. After an impressive 5-0 win over Alaves in his final league game of the season, Messi was more considered with his comments. “We did the main thing that should have been self-critical behind the scenes, as it should be,” said Barca’s captain. “We have not had a high season in terms of performance or results. Now one can beat us for desire, and things will come after that as a consequence. Today we have taken a step forward in attitude and commitment. Today we saw something else. It was a challenging game because of the situation we won, the time and the intensity.

Barca need to be a little calmer in this break before Napoli

“The team responded differently in attitude and commitment. Barcelona can now look to the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli in August. It’s a key moment because we’re going to play for important things,” said Messi. “You don’t have to be a captain to figure out what we’ve done this season. Barca needs to be more consistent. We have excellent spells, and we need to support this. We need to be a little calmer in this break before Napoli. There is nothing more to say. It is important to clear our heads and come back more hungry than ever. We were self-critical. We must stabilize ourselves and move on.” Messi’s two goals at Mendizorroza see him all but clinch his seventh career Pichichi Trophy for LaLiga’s top scorer.


“Awards and individual goals are secondary,” he added. “It could be an important sign to win seven trophies. I would like this to happen with the LaLiga title.”