Lionel Messi has reiterated that without improving the team’s capability, winning the Champions League will never happen for Barca.
“I never doubted the squad we have and I have no doubt that we can win all that remains, but not by playing in the way we were playing,” Messi told Sport.
He further disagrees with manager Setien, who feels that the squad’s performance has not faltered. Messi himself has bagged 4 Champions League trophies.
“Now, everyone has their opinion and they are all very respectable. Mine is based on the fact that I was lucky to play the Champions League every year and I know that it is not possible to win it by playing as we have been playing. Perhaps Setien misunderstood.”
Messi argues that the quarantine period has inevitably brought down the performance of the team and they must build it up as La Liga is set to resume by mid-June.
“This break may end up benefiting us, but we are going to see if they can start the competitions and there we will leave doubts, because we will check the level that we have or can reach when we start,” Messi said.
“Going back to training is a first step but we should not trust ourselves and we must continue taking all the necessary precautions and assume that we have to start playing the games when they arrive but behind closed doors.
“Personally I am looking forward to the competitions. We know that everything is going to be weird, without fans in the stadium and with the theme of the concentrations that we really would not like to have to be separated from our families. You have to see how it looks.”
Messi added: “Physically I feel very well. I was training at home these days and I think it helped me to keep fit.
“Very hard confinement, but with the children and with Antonela everything ends up becoming moments that I try to enjoy all together.”