‘If we play like this, we have NO chance of winning the Champions League’: Livid Lionel Messi marks Barcelona ‘weak’ and hits boss Quique Setien’s tactics in an extraordinary post-match interview after Real Madrid reclaimed LaLiga
- Lionel Messi raged after Barcelona’s shock 2-1 loss at home to Osasuna
- Messi scored Barca’s goal with a free kick, but reacted strangely after scoring
- Messi didn’t hold back in his post-game interview, calling the Barca side ‘weak’
- The Barca skipper added that the game “represented all year round” for the club
- Real Madrid won the LaLiga title on Thursday-evening after a 2-1 victory over Villarreal
Lionel Messi did not hold back after seeing Barcelona give up the LaLiga title on Thursday night, accusing his team of being “capricious and weak” in a shock defeat at home to Osasuna.
Messi, who seemed angry after scoring a brilliant free-kick during the match, then raged and said Barcelona’s performance level needs to change course quickly to have a chance to win the Champions League.
Real Madrid took the title by beating Villarreal 2-1, but would have lifted the trophy regardless of that result, after Barca bet against an Osasuna match that ended with 10 men – and Messi unleashed his anger in a rare post-game interview .
Lionel Messi was furious after Barcelona lost 2-1 at home to Osasuna on Thursday-evening
The Barcelona captain did not hold back in his TV interview after the game after the loss in LaLiga
“This game represents all year round. We are a capricious and weak team, “said Messi in the TV interview, just after the last whistle sounded in an empty Camp Nou.
“Madrid have done their bit by winning all the matches, which is impressive, but we also helped them win this competition. We have to be critical of how we played, starting with the players and the rest of the club. ‘
“The feeling in this team is that it tries, but it can’t get the job done.
“Today they were better in the first half than we are and it seems we have to fall behind to react as we tried in the second half.”
Annoyed after the game, Messi said Barcelona ‘tried … but couldn’t get the job done’
Quique Setien’s team led LaLiga with two points, but quickly took the lead after the restart
Barcelona led the league by two points over Madrid when the league was suspended for three months in mid-March, but Madrid returned motivated and in shape, winning 10 consecutive wins.
Barcelona, on the other hand, looked flat, played three games to lose the lead and reached a new low on Thursday when the Catalans lost their first home game since November 2018.
Messi scored his leading 23rd goal from a free kick in the second half to eliminate Jose Arnaiz’s opener.
Messi looked angry after scoring his highest 23rd goal of the season from a free kick
Despite Messi’s free kick and a red Osasuna card, Barcelona was unable to score three points
Roberto Torres scored the injury time winner when Barca lost at home for the first time since 2018
And Barcelona got a man advantage when the visitor substitute Enric Gallego lost to a straight red card for bleeding from the mouth of Clement Lenglet with an elbow to the face in the 77th.
But Osasuna’s Roberto Torres scored in injury time, as Barcelona poked forward in search of a late goal.
“I told you a while ago that we didn’t have a chance to win the Champions League this way, and it turned out that we didn’t even have enough to win the League,” said Messi.
“We need to take a breath, breathe some air and clear the ghost of everything that has happened since December.”
Messi looked dejected after the game, with rivals Real Madrid crowned LaLiga champion
Messi stated that ‘if we play like that we will lose to Napoli’ in their Champions League R16 match
Barcelona have to regroup for the second leg of the Champions League eighth final of 16 games against Napoli on August 8 – the first leg ended 1-1 in Italy.
“If we play like that, we will lose to Napoli,” said Messi bravely.
“We have to start from scratch in the Champions League and blame ourselves for what went wrong.”