Messi led a crisis talk with teammates after Valencia defeat
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi led 'crisis talks' on the team bus following their Copa Del Rey Final defeat at the hands of Valencia on Saturday.
According to AS, an 'emergency meeting' was held shortly after the game with the club's senior figures immediately carrying out an inquest with Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique probing away after yet another crushing loss.
What's more, the meeting became so intense that people on board remained seated to continue their discussion despite the bus arriving at its destination.
"Honestly, I am not even thinking about the European Golden Shoe. Not in my head at all," he said during the week. What happened at Liverpool is in my head and as I said, it was a big blow and I am not thinking about personal things, just getting to this Copa final and winning another trophy.
"It was a really big blow which we received at Anfield-me and all the dressing room felt it. It was tough to get back up, you saw that in the next game we had to play. It was a really tough blow.
"Now [we] have the chance to win a double and end the season on a high note. I haven't seen much of the criticism of the manager, and sincerely I think [Ernesto] Valverde has done an impressive job all the time he's been here.
"In the game against Liverpool, he was hardly to blame for anything. We, as the players, are to blame."
Barcelona finished the 2018/19 campaign with just one major silverware in the shape of the La Liga title.
The Catalan giants were on course for a treble but they'll have to settle for one piece of a trophy this season.
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