Lionel Messi blames Barcelona teammates for disappointing defeat to Liverpool

Lionel Messi blames Barcelona teammates for disappointing defeat to Liverpool

- Lionel Messi slams Barcelona teammates for their Champions League defeat to Liverpool this month

- The Catalans were one leg into the final due to their three goals lead from the first leg

- But suffered 4-0 defeat at Anfield barely one week later to ensure they reach their second consecutive final

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that Liverpool's Champions League defeat was the only nightmare he encountered during his first reign as the captain of the club.

The Catalans were humiliated 4-0 by the Premier League side, which eventually saw them crash out of the European championship at the semifinal stage.

Similar to the way they were bundled out the previous season, Messi blamed his teammates for not fighting back after conceding the second goal of the game.

Two goals each from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum propelled the Merseyside outfit to the final where they will battle Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium on June 1.

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"I had a great first season as captain, apart from the Liverpool game," Messi told reporters. "Regrettably, that game has tainted the season.

"I haven't watched the game again, it was very similar to Roma where we went into the game and suddenly they scored.

"We reacted well, then they [Liverpool] scored the second goal and we didn't compete, the worst thing is that we didn't compete. We let them walk all over us.

"We were all thinking about being champions and we were all very disappointed, first for the elimination, second for the manner, third for the fact it happened again.

"It was a very tough blow to take and it was tough to lift ourselves up, you could see that in the next few games.

"Now we have a final, a chance for a trophy, we have the chance to do a double and finish the year well, we have to win it like every final we play in."

Lionel Messi also threw his weight behind their manager Ernesto Valverde, saying the tactician 'he was practically blameless for what happened with Liverpool'.

"I truly think our coach did an extraordinary job all this time he's been with us," Messi added. "I think he was practically blameless for what happened with Liverpool.

"We are solely responsible for what happened during that game. We knew that we couldn't repeat what had happened last season, and yet it happened again.

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"We left a very sad impression and we played so badly. "This is something that can happen once, but not twice and even less so consecutively.

"Missing the chance of playing a Champions League final, something we wished for so much - what happened was inexcusable.

"The coach may have his share of responsibility the same way everybody else, but I have no doubt that we, the players, are the main ones to be blamed."

Messi likened the Anfield defeat to the 1-0 extra-time loss to Germany he suffered as Argentina captain in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

"They are two different things. A World Cup final is the biggest thing there is and it's a huge disappointment but to have a 3-0 lead and then lose the [Liverpool] tie... they are both huge disappointments." he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool are through to the final of this season's UEFA Champions League after beating Barcelona 4-0.

The Reds completed a dramatic come back from three goals down after the first leg to reach the final 4-3 after the second leg.

Two goals each from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum were all Jurgen Klopp's men needed to secure their second UCL final on a row.

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