Messi Admits He Is Haunted By Liverpool Loss In First Presser Since 2015
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi gave his first press convention in 4 years forward of his aspect’s Copa Del Rey remaining on Saturday and admitted that the Champions League loss to Liverpool remains to be on his thoughts.
The Catalan giants have been defeated in dramatic circumstances through the European Cup semi-final as, regardless of going into the second leg at Anfield with a 3-Zero lead, they capitulated and have been defeated by 4-Zero as they crashed out in devastating style.
Messi, membership captain for the reason that departure of Andres Iniesta final summer time, had not given a press convention for Barcelona since Could 5, 2015, earlier than Friday afternoon’s media tackle.
The striker first admitted that the defeat was a large blow for the membership however was eager to emphasize that the blame lies on the ft of the gamers and never supervisor Ernesto Valverde, who has come below criticism following the efficiency.
“It was a very massive blow which we acquired at Anfield – me and all of the dressing room felt it,” mentioned the Argentina worldwide.
“It was robust to get again up, you noticed that within the subsequent sport we needed to play. It was a very robust blow. Now have the possibility to win a double and finish the season on a excessive notice.
“I haven’t seen a lot of the criticism of the supervisor, and sincerely I feel (Ernesto) Valverde has accomplished a powerful job on a regular basis he’s been right here. Within the sport towards Liverpool he was hardly guilty for something. We because the gamers are guilty.”
Messi was confirmed because the winner of the 2018/2019 European Golden Shoe final evening following Kylian Mbappé’s single purpose for PSG in defeat to Stade Reims meant that the Argentine took the crown with 36 targets.
The Barca captain was talking earlier than he was confirmed because the winner throughout his press convention however he admitted that the accolade wasn’t in his head, as an alternative, it was the defeat to Liverpool that he was nonetheless fascinated by.
“Truthfully I’m not even fascinated by the European Golden Shoe. Not in my head in any respect.
“What occurred at Liverpool is in my head, like I mentioned it was an enormous blow and I’m not fascinated by private issues, simply attending to this Copa remaining and profitable one other trophy.”