Lionel Messi spoke after the 1-2 loss against Osasuna in La Liga round 36 tonight. The Argentine believes that they need to do some self-criticism, and explained that the game that was lost at the Camp Nou today reflected their season.
“We didn’t want to end the season like this but it represents how the season has gone. We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team… We lost a lot of points and today’s game is a summary of the season.
“We were inconsistent during the season. Real Madrid did their thing. We lost a lot of points. We have to do some self-criticism. We are Barça.”, said the Barcelona legend.
The 33-year-old also added that if they want to win the Champions League, a lot needs to be changed. In the current state, he even does not believe that they can beat Napoli:
“If we want to win the Champions League, we have to change a lot. If we continue like this, we will lose the game against Napoli.”
Messi has not been spotted to be this negative for quite a while. Even after the Roma and Anfield disasters, the Barcelona forward did not point towards ‘big changes’:
“Everything we have experienced since January has been very bad. We have to change a lot of things for real. The fans are running out of patience because we’re not giving them anything. It’s normal.”, added Leo.
Lionel Messi was chosen man of the match after scoring Barcelona’s only goal against Osasuna from a freekick. The 33-year-old looks tired from carrying the team on his own, thus could not stop himself from speaking the reality the way he sees it.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.