Eric Abidal admits that he should not broadcast the problems of Barcelona publicly after the Lionel Messi row
“If I have learned something, it is internal problems that are settled in the house and not in the media”: Eric Abidal admits that he should not broadcast the Barcelona problems publicly after Lionel Messi row
- Eric Abidal is embroiled in a public row with Barcelona star Lionel Messi
- Abidal questioned the team’s work ethic after Ernesto Valverde was fired
- Messi also responded publicly in a powerful defense of himself and his teammates
Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal has admitted that he was wrong to air his grievances with the team in public after his widely published fallout with talisman Lionel Messi.
The two waged a word war through the media after Abidal was critical of the Barca team after Ernesto Valverde was fired and accused them of not working hard enough for the former coach.
“Many players were not satisfied or worked hard and there was also an internal communication problem,” Abidal said Diario Sport.
Eric Abidal has admitted that he should not have gone outside with his views on the Barcelona team
Abidal suggested that members of the team were responsible for Ernesto Valverde who lost his job
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi returned to Abidal’s remarks after his public outburst
“The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good, but there are things like an ex-player I could smell. I told the club what I thought and we came to a decision [on sacking Valverde]. “
Abidal’s comments irritated Messi who responded to Instagram to defend himself and his teammates: when you talk about players, you have to give names, because if you don’t, it will air things that aren’t true, ”he wrote.
And speaking of his share in the public spit on Thursday, Abidal acknowledged that he was doing it the wrong way.
“When I know something and when I learn something, it’s internal problems that are settled in-house and not in the media,” he told reporters during the introductory press conference for Martin Braithwaite.
Messi’s relationship with Barca has been tense since claims stars have fired Ernesto Valverde
Abidal’s comments follow Messi’s latest view of the situation in an interview earlier in Thursday Mundo Deportivo where he said he responded to his former teammate’s criticism of feeling “attacked.”
Messi, who was close to Valverde, said: “I don’t know what happened to make him say that, but I responded because I felt attacked. I felt he was attacking the players.
‘Too much is said about the dressing room, that we force coaching changes or attract players, and especially about me – as if I have a lot of power and make the decisions. The same happened to me in the Argentinian national team.
“It bothered me to come from someone from the club … to put the players in the middle of the coach’s resignation seemed crazy. (Abidal) is the one who makes the decisions and has to take the lead. “
Messi and Abidal were teammates in Barcelona where they won several trophies