Lionel Messi left for the dressing room, instead of staying in the field for interviews after Barca lost 0-1 in La Liga on November 21.
Messi declined an interview – a mandatory obligation on the part of the organizers, but that day Barca also had no veterans to replace him. Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto both injured, leaving the field from the front. Sergio Busquets stayed in Barcelona to recover. The 17-year-old Pedri, therefore, must represent Barca players to talk to the media about the team’s defeat against Atletico.
“Barca are a team without a leader, even when the game at the Wanda Metropolitano ends. They lose the game, leave the field with a low bow in boredom. But their mission is not limited to 90 minutes. ? “, AS asked. “Messi, once again, failed to show his captain’s role. On October 24, after Barca lost to Real Madrid, 19-year-old rookie defender Sergino Dest was also required to show up to the media. Barca’s dressing clearly lacks a leader, although the captain’s armband is in the hands of Messi – who demanded to leave in August “.
In the El Calsico match that Marca recalled, both captain Messi and two vice captains Pique, Busquets played. But Dest had to stand up and speak to the media, and answer in English because the 19-year-old American did not speak a single Spanish.
The fans also find it difficult to understand when a young player like Pedri must accept responsibility for the team’s defeat to the media. “It’s shameful,” commented one fan on Twitter. “The fact that Pedri has to respond to the interview says a lot about Messi’s captain’s role,” commented another fan.
In reply to the Atletico defeat, Pedri said: “Recently, we have not been doing well in attack, and the first half injury goal has affected the team. We know things like this. Absolutely possible and the team is still improving. La Liga is very long, we can completely compete for the championship.
The defeat of Atletico caused Barca to drop to 12th La Liga, with only 11 points after 10 rounds. Messi’s team is 12 points behind Real Sociedad, but less than two games.