Messi still haunted by Anfield nightmare
Argentine star man Lionel Messi feels Barcelona are still yet to recover from their crushing Champions League loss to Liverpool.
Ernesto Valverde's side has the chance to complete back-to-back domestic doubles when they face Valencia in Saturday's Copa del Rey final.
LaLiga glory was wrapped up at a canter, meaning their remarkable collapse to a 4-0 thumping at Anfield-having won the first leg of the semi-final 3-0-threatens to define an otherwise excellent campaign.
Messi was unable to stem the tide as Jurgen Klopp's side ran riot after half-time and, more than two weeks on, the loss still stings.
"The Liverpool game was a really, really hard blow. It was the hardest moment of the year, it was hard to get back up," Messi told a pre-match news conference, where he insisted, he and his team-mates should take responsibility for what unfolded on Merseyside.
"I blame the players, not only the coach. I heard a lot of the critics of Valverde but I do not make him guilty for the loss to Liverpool. The coach has done impressive work.”
Messi is guaranteed to collect the European Golden Shoe unless Kylian Mbappe scores four times in Paris Saint-Germain's Friday encounter against Reims on Friday.
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