Barcelona used to hide their failings on the big stage by winning the La Liga. It had always been one of their saviors and last season, just on the basis of La Liga’s performance, Lionel Messi was awarded the best player of the year award. Surely, Virgil van Dijk was robbed of his deserving prize and many still agree with that.
But this season, Barcelona’s wheels started to come off and after the return of football since the COVID-19 break, the Barca train stumbled and fell in the mud.
Last night while Real Madrid celebrated their glorious 34th title, Barcelona digested a humiliating 2-1 defeat against Osasuna. Lionel Messi scored, but even being tagged as an alien, he failed to show his alien powers last night to arrest the humiliation.
The tool to hide the shortcomings – La Liga title – is gone and the alien of the experts, Messi could not accept it.
After the match, he gave a fiery interview.
Here are the excerpts:
On Real Madrid title win
“Real Madrid did their job – they haven’t lost since the league restarted and you have to give them credit for that.
But we really helped them to win the league. We have to take a look at ourselves, starting with the players”.
On Barcelona’s pathetic state
“I said a while ago that if we carried on playing as we were it’d be very difficult to win the Champions League, and it hasn’t been enough to win La Liga. If we don’t produce a reaction, we won’t get past Napoli.”
“We didn’t want to finish the league season in this manner, but this game sums up how the whole year has been. We’ve been inconsistent and not tough enough, we haven’t shown the right intensity and have conceded too easily. We dropped a lot of points when we shouldn’t have.”
“We can’t look for excuses – we have to take a look at ourselves and face facts.”