Following Barca’s 2-1 defeat at home to Osasuna on Thursday night, when the Catalans also saw fierce rivals Real Madrid crowned champions, the Argentine gave an interview in which he claimed ‘many things would need to change’ for his side to have any hope in the Champions League next month.
Messi spoke again after Barca’s 5-0 win at Alaves in LaLiga on Sunday and revealed there had been clear-the-air talks at the Catalan club.
“We have said what we needed to say,” the Argentine told Movistar+. “We have spoken internally and been self-critical. There is nothing more to say, but to show the change.”
Barcelona were much improved at Alaves and looked liberated as Messi struck twice and assisted another in an emphatic victory.
“It’s a step forward for what comes next.”
On the internal conversations since Thursday, he said: “The main thing we had to do was to be self-critical. We realised many things. We haven’t had a good season.
“Today was a step forward in terms of attitude and commitment. That’s what we need to have always. We need to be at least as committed as our rivals, if not more. And we need to be much more consistent.”
Barca are in action in the Champions League against Napoli on August 8 as they seek a place in the last eight following the 1-1 draw in Italy prior to the break due to coronavirus, but will have some time off before then,
Asked if things would calm down, Messi said: “We need it. The tranquillity. As I said the other day, the break will do us good, to clear our minds.”