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Barcelona We’ve Been ‘Very Inconsistent, Weak,’ Messi Laments As Real Madrid Win La Liga

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi gestures throughout the Spanish League soccer fit between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July sixteen, 2020

 


 


A frustrated Lionel Messi known as for trade after Barcelona surpassed the La Liga identify to Real Madrid on Thursday, warning the crew will lose inside the Champions League as properly if they fail to improve.

Barca’s name venture ended with a whimper at Camp Nou, where they were beaten 2-1 by means of Osasuna at the same time as Madrid’s 2-1 victory at home to Villarreal ensured they have been crowned Spanish champions.


Defeat will increase the stress on train Quique Setien, who took over in January with Barcelona sitting top of the desk.


Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated Setien will stay in price for the Champions League next month, when Barca play their second leg at home to Napoli, with the ultimate-sixteen tie inside the balance at 1-1.


“The feeling of the group is that it attempts but can’t do it, that we go away lots to be preferred in many regions and today within the first half of I suppose they have been better than us,” Messi said after the loss to Osasuna.


“I said long in the past that if we continued in this manner, it'd be very hard to win the Champions League and that has been shown to be the case in La Liga too.


“If we need to fight for the Champions League we can need to exchange lots because otherwise the in shape in opposition to Napoli, we will lose that as properly.”


Messi scored a first-rate unfastened-kick in opposition to Osasuna however it changed into no longer sufficient. Madrid pulled seven factors clear of Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s very last round of games.


“We didn’t assume or need to complete like this however it nearly sums up the whole yr,” said Messi. “We were very inconsistent, very vulnerable, beaten on intensity or desire.


“They created probabilities very without problems and scored. During the entire year we have been inconsistent and we have lost plenty of factors where we shouldn’t have. This recreation showed what this year has been approximately for us.”


– ‘We should be self-critical’ –

Messi has been critical of the board this season and suggested every person on the club must take their share of the blame.


“After the wreck Madrid have now not lost any video games and they deserve credit score for that but we've got additionally helped them plenty,” stated Messi.


“We lost a whole lot of games that we must no longer have lost and we should be self-vital, starting with the gamers, but it needs to be a total self-complaint from everyone because we are Barcelona and we're obliged to win the suits anything occurs and rather look at us.”


If Barcelona come via against Napoli, they will face Bayern Munich in the last eight, with a compressed format of single legs all of the way through to the very last.


“I assume we need a touch air, this spoil might be exact for us, to clear our heads, forget about about the whole thing that has occurred,” said Messi.


“It has been very bad from December till now however it's miles the Champions League and there are 4 video games that can come up with a trophy that we all want. But we should alternate lots and be very self-critical.”

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