In less than a month, the weather in Barcelona has only worsened. The Catalan team was eliminated in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, dismissed its coach Ernesto Valverde and also lost the leadership of the Spanish Championship to rival Real Madrid. Now, Lionel Messi, one of the players who does not usually enter into controversy, has decided to challenge the declarations ric Abidal, the current manager of the club.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Sport, Abidal stated that “many players were dissatisfied” with Ernesto Valverde and he needed to make a decision. “Many players were not satisfied, they did not work very hard and there was also an internal communication problem. The coach-dressing relationship has always been good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can feel. I told the club what I thought and had to take a decision, “said Abidal
In his social media profile, Messi shared the manager’s interview and contested it. “Honestly, I don’t like to do these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players, of what happens on the field, we are also the first to recognize when we are not well. Those responsible for sports management must also assume their responsibilities and, above all, take charge of the decisions they make “, wrote Messi.
Messi’s statement further heightens the crisis at Barcelona, who currently have Quique Setin as coach. On the pitch, the team comes from a 2-1 win over Levante on Sunday. The team’s next game takes place this Thursday, against Athletic Bilbao, at 17 hours (from Brasilia), for the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup. In the Spanish Championship, the team occupies the second place, with 46 points, three behind the leader Real Madrid.