Lionel Messi has said that Barcelona had ‘helped Real Madrid a lot’ with their ‘erratic, weak and low-intensity’ performances since the restart of the season after Zinedine Zidane’s side were crowned La Liga champions.
Madrid won their first title in three years after defeating Villarreal 2-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Thursday evening.
Karim Benzema scored the first goal midway through the first half and the Frenchman completed his brace in the 77th minute, converting from the penalty spot to give Madrid a two-goal advantage at home.
Vicente Iborra reduced the deficit with seven minutes remaining but Zidane’s men held on for victory to secure their 34th title in Spain’s top flight.
Madrid have won all ten of their games since the Spanish football season restarted last month.
Barcelona, meanwhile, were defeated 2-1 at home to Osasuna in lacklustre display which Messi felt summed up the club’s season in the league.
The iconic forward cancelled out Jose Arnaiz’s opener with a sublime free-kick just past the hour-mark but Osasuna hit back and found a winner through Roberto Torres at the death.
“We didn’t want to end the season like this but it represents how the season has gone,” Messi said following Barca’s loss.
“We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team… we lost a lot of points and today’s game is a summary of the season.
“We have to be self-critical, starting with the players but across the whole club We are Barca and we have to win everything. We can’t look at Madrid.
“Madrid have done their job, but we have helped them a lot.”
Messi feels Barca will have to drastically improve if they are to have any chance of winning the Champions League this season.
“If we want to win the Champions League, we have to change a lot,’ he added.
“If we continue like this, we will lose the game against Napoli.
“The sensations are that the team tries but cannot, we leave much to be desired in many games.”
Messi understands Barcelona fans who have run out of ‘patience’ with the side in the second half of the campaign.
He added: “Everything we have experienced since January has been very bad.
“We have to change a lot of things for real.
“The fans are running out of patience because we’re not giving them anything. It’s normal.”
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