Lionel Messi calls for change at Barcelona and admits patience is being lost

Lionel Messi has lashed out at his team-mates and the club’s management on the night Real Madrid clinched La Liga while Barcelona lost to Osasuna.

The Argentine living legend scored a 25-yard free-kick against the mid-table team from Pamplona but his goal wasn’t enough to prevent Barca from losing 2-1 against ten men at the Camp Nou.

Their great rivals Real Madrid would have wrapped up the league title regardless with their 2-1 victory over Villarreal, their tenth straight win since the restart and their tenth win in a row at home to the side nicknamed the Yellow Submarine.

Speaking after the game, though, Messi seemed grateful there were still no fans in attendance to watch the Catalan giants bow out of domestic contention at home in such desperate fashion.

He said: “We were not expecting this. We didn’t want to end La Liga playing like this, but it kind of reflects how this whole year has gone.”

Messi continued: “We were weak and lost our shape. They beat us because we lacked intensity and conceded an easy goal. We have lost lots of points this season when we shouldn’t have.”

While the Barcelona captain did congratulate Real on their 34 th Spanish title, he was clear that he felt his team did as much as to lose the top spot as Zinedine Zidane’s side did to win it.

He said: “Real Madrid did their job. They haven’t lost since the break and credit to them for that, but we helped them a lot to win this season. We have to be critical of ourselves, starting with the players, but across the whole club.”

Barcelona had led Real by two points before the coronavirus put the campaign on hold, but just as Los Blancos began their most impressive run of the year, Barca’s form floundered.

Looking ahead to the Champions League, with their last-16 tie against Napoli hanging in the balance, Messi said Barca must improve in order to challenge in the rearranged competition.

“I said a while ago that if we carry on like this it will be very hard for us to win the Champions League. We couldn’t even win La Liga. If we don’t react, we won’t beat Napoli.

“I’m sure the fans are running out of patience because, playing like we have done, and after the Roma and Liverpool (where they lost big leads), we’re not giving them anything.”

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