20 Jul Barcelona took ‘exhausting take a look at ourselves’ after Osasuna loss
Lionel Messi stated Barcelona have been compelled to take an extended exhausting take a look at themselves this week after being crushed to the La Liga title by Actual Madrid for the primary time since 2017.
Defeat to Osasuna on Thursday ended any lingering hopes Barca had of catching Madrid and prompted an indignant response from Messi, who known as the team’s performances all through the season “weak” and “inconsistent.”
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Barca reacted by beating Alaves 5-Zero of their last league sport of the season on Sunday, with Messi scoring twice as a disappointing marketing campaign ended on a excessive be aware.
“We have been self-critical and took a tough take a look at ourselves from the within [after Osasuna], which is what we would have liked to do,” Messi instructed Movistar after the Alaves win.
“We realised plenty of issues, firstly that we’ve not had a great season by way of performances or outcomes — as will be seen. I believe as we speak was a step ahead by way of perspective and dedication, which is what we should at all times have.
“Issues can go a technique or one other however I do not suppose we must be crushed for need. We’ve got to exit with the identical need as our opponent, or much more, and the performances will stem from that.”
Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo have been additionally on goal at Mendizorroza in a show that can reignite perception Barca might win the Champions League subsequent month, with younger midfielder Riqui Puig impressing with two assists.
Messi says every thing that wanted to be stated has now been stated and known as on his teammates to do their speaking on the pitch now as Barca look to keep away from a primary trophy-less season since 2007-08.
“We’re all aware of the actual fact we’ve to be rather more constant,” Messi added. “Because the coach [Quique Setien] stated the opposite day, there have been video games after we have been excellent in spells, however we’ve to take care of that over 90 minutes.
“I believe we want just a little calm now, a break to clear our heads and are available again with extra need than ever. We’ve got stated every thing that wanted to be stated. We have been self-critical.
“Now it is time to work exhausting and provides our all. There’s nothing left to speak about, we simply have to indicate that issues can change and as we speak was an essential step ahead in that.”
Messi’s brace in opposition to Alaves took him on to 25 league objectives for the season and edged him nearer to a fourth successive Pichihchi Trophy — the award given to La Liga’s high scorer.
Solely Actual Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who has scored 21 objectives and has one sport left, stands in his method of what can be a record-breaking seventh Pichichi. Legendary Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra additionally gained six.
“I’ve at all times stated that particular person prizes are secondary,” Messi stated. “It could be vital to win it seven instances, however I’d have appreciated it to be accompanied by the league title.”