24th October, 2019
Barcelona won in Prague on Wednesday evening but there was a negative feeling nonetheless. Slavia Prague pushed the Catalans, who just about managed to win, but the players were left frustrated.
None of the squad attended the mixed zone afterwards. The club is obliged by UEFA to provide at least one player to the journalists, but they only spoke to television outlets. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets were the chosen ones.
There weren’t any words from anyone else, though. Some players didn’t even pass through the mixed zone, even though that’s how players have to leave the stadium. Clement Lenglet tried to avoid it but was made to reroute, though Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba weren’t made to change direction.
Club sources told the media that players didn’t come because they’re angry and it’s thought that there was a lot of tension in the dressing room after the match.
Messi didn’t greet the fans
The No.10 scored a goal that made history as he because the first player to score in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons, yet he wasn’t happy.
Barcelona‘s captain went straight to the dressing room after the game and didn’t go to applaud the travelling fans.
The discomfort was clear, and Ter Stegen‘s comments showed it.
“We were lucky to get three points,” he said, “but I think we need to talk about a few things.”