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Lionel Messi cries out, criticises his team as ‘weak’ after Barcelona lose league title to Real Madrid

firstpost: After seeing Barcelona’s Spanish league title defence come to a disappointing and meek end, Lionel Messi didn’t hold back.

Messi blasted his team for being “weak” after Real Madrid wrested the league title away from Barcelona for the first time in three years on Thursday, and said it must quickly change course to have a chance at winning the Champions League.

Real Madrid clinched the title by beating Villarreal 2-1 but would have lifted the trophy regardless of that result after Barcelona slumped to a 2-1 loss to an Osasuna side that finished with 10 men.

“This game represents the entire year. We have been an erratic and weak team,” Messi said in a rare TV interview just after the final whistle sounded at an empty Camp Nou. “Madrid did its part by winning all its matches, which is impressive, but we also helped them to win this league. We have to be critical of how we have played, starting with the players, and the rest of the club.”

Barcelona led the league by two points over Madrid when the league was stopped in mid-March for three months while Spain’s reined in its coronavirus outbreak.

Madrid returned to the competition motivated and in shape, reeling off 10 straight wins.

Barcelona looked flat, drew three matches to lose the lead, and on Thursday hit a new low when it lost its first home match since November 2018.

“The feeling on this team is that it tries, but that it cannot get the job done,” Messi said. “Today in the first half they were better than we were and it seems we have to fall behind to react like we tried to do in the second half.”

Messi scored his league-leading 23rd goal from a free kick in the second half to cancel out José Arnaíz’s opener.

And Barcelona got a man advantage when the visitors lost substitute Enric Gallego to a straight red card for bloodying the mouth of Clement Lenglet with an elbow to the face in the 77th.

But Osasuna’s Roberto Torres scored in stoppage time with Barcelona pushing forward searching for a late goal.

“I said it some time ago, that playing like this we had no chance of winning the Champions League, and it turns out we didn’t even have enough to win La Liga,” Messi said. “We need to take a breather, let some air in, and clean out minds of all that has happened since December.”

Barcelona must regroup for the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match against Napoli on 8 August. The first leg finished 1-1 in Italy.

“Playing like this we will lose against Napoli,” Messi said. “We have to start from zero in the Champions League and blame ourselves for what went wrong.”

Source: Published by firstpost

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victor okonkwo
victor okonkwo
19 days ago

They all rely on Messi

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
19 days ago

This is serious

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
19 days ago

Messi actually said it all “barca is weak”

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
19 days ago

They were so poor

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
19 days ago

Things will surely bounce back

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
19 days ago

That’s bad

Usaini Stephen
Usaini Stephen
19 days ago

Good

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
19 days ago

Very bad performance by Barcelona

Ayomide Adanlawo
Ayomide Adanlawo
19 days ago

Well said Messi

tim cool
tim cool
19 days ago

True talk from Messi

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
19 days ago

Messi is d engine room of bacar

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
19 days ago

He’s frustrated

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
19 days ago

What a pity

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
19 days ago

It really Pained Messi

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
19 days ago

He is absolutely right

NwakasiIkenna
NwakasiIkenna
19 days ago

This is true
Barca needs to pick up oo

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
19 days ago

Very true

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
19 days ago

One man team

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
19 days ago

that’s serious

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
19 days ago

Up Madrid biko

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
19 days ago

True barca is not in good form atall

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
19 days ago

Messi is right.

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
19 days ago

Is too late to cry after head is off, congratulations to Real Madrid

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
19 days ago

Nice criticism.

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
19 days ago

They were absolutely poor

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
19 days ago

Messi I Fair in his jugdement

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
19 days ago

This is a serious issue

Amarachi
Amarachi
19 days ago

Messi is right

Divine okafor
Divine okafor
19 days ago

The team failed us truly

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
19 days ago

So sad for messi

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
19 days ago

Congrats Madrid.

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
19 days ago

Bad season for Barcelona.

Dimude chinonso johnbosco
Dimude chinonso johnbosco
19 days ago

They are all look up to messi to do magic but he cant do it alone he needs his team.

Blessing osaro
Blessing osaro
19 days ago

So sad…

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
19 days ago

Bad performance

David
David
19 days ago

Please never give up

Lawal Oladimeji
Lawal Oladimeji
19 days ago

Laugh

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
19 days ago

Sad one for Barcelona

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
19 days ago

True comment by Messi.

Aremoh james Oyewole
Aremoh james Oyewole
19 days ago

The club need more players

Enoma Fidelis
Enoma Fidelis
19 days ago

They should not have sold neymar

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
19 days ago

Lol 😂

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
19 days ago

That’s really disappointing

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
19 days ago

Turn by turn

Joshua Samson
Joshua Samson
19 days ago

Bad news for Barcelona

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
19 days ago

They will bounce back

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
19 days ago

The team needs to reshuffle

Pablochidiebere
Pablochidiebere
19 days ago

Barca need to improve

Edoja Jessica
Edoja Jessica
19 days ago

Sad one

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
19 days ago

Disappointing performance