Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reacted to his club 5-0 thrashing of Alaves on the last matchday of 2019/20 La Liga season.
Lionel Messi has revealed that Barca were “self-critical ” after the 2-1 home loss to Osasuna that ultimately saw Real Madrid lift the La Liga title for the first time since 2017.
Barca ended the 2019/20 La Liga season on high after 5-0 victory over Alaves on Sunday evening at Mendizorroza.
The 33-year-old scored a brace for the Catalans others on the score sheets included Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo in an impressive display that could see Barca as a title contender for the Champions League.
“We were self-critical and took a hard look at ourselves from the inside [after Osasuna], which is what we needed to do,” Messi told Movistar after the Alaves win.
“We realised a number of things, firstly that we have not had a good season in terms of performances or results — as can be seen. I think today was a step forward in terms of attitude and commitment, which is what we must always have.
Messi called for consistency in the team while also stating that everything has been said and now it is time to for him and his Barcelona teammates to do the rest on the pitch.
“We’re all conscious of the fact we have to be much more consistent,” Messi added. “As the coach [Quique Setien] said the other day, there were games when we were very good in spells, but we have to maintain that over 90 minutes.
“I think we need a little calm now, a break to clear our heads and come back with more desire than ever. We have said everything that needed to be said. We’ve been self-critical.”
Barcelona only hope of winning a trophy this season is in the UEFA Champions League where they will host Napoli in the second leg of the round of 16 tie on August 8 having played 1-1 draw in Italy in February.