Luis Suarez has admitted he’s worried about former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and his current situation at the Camp Nou. The striker spoke after seeing his Atletico Madrid side hand Barca their third La Liga defeat of the season on Saturday.
Ronald Koeman’s side have endured a poor start to the campaign and have taken just 11 points from their first 8 games, while Messi has been far from his best and has only managed one goal from open play so far in 2020-2.1
Suarez spoke to Punto Penal on Channel 10 about his former club and explained he finds it difficult to watch his friend Messi struggling at the Camp Nou, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
I think I’ve already talked too much about Barca, I prefer to leave it aside now, enjoy this moment at Atlético. But as a friend, as a partner of Leo, the situation hurts me. I am concerned about him as a human being, but I also know that he is capable of moving forward and turning his situation around.
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Concern Over Messi Form
Messi had few chances to score against Atletico on Saturday. His best chance came from inside the penalty area when he shot straight at goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The Argentine did set up a great chance for Clement Lenglet in the second half, but the center-back could only head straight at Oblak.
It was a poor performance from Messi and Barcelona, who were deservedly beaten by Atletico, and drew concern from supporters and journalists about the captain’s current form.
Messi also appears to have lost his touch when it comes to free-kicks.
The captain has certainly had a grueling schedule since the season started back in September. The only rest he’s been given was when Koeman started him on the bench against Real Betis. However, the Dutch coach ended up sending his captain on at half-time with his team struggling and watched as Messi inspired his side to a 5-2 win.
Is Messi Unhappy at Barcelona?
Yet the captain certainly does not appear too happy with life at the club currently, perhaps unsurprisingly after he informed Barca over the summer he wanted to leave but could not find a way out.
Messi’s frustrations boiled over again in midweek after returning from international duty. Messi was quizzed by reporters about recent criticism after a long flight back to Barcelona and produced a telling response.
Barcelona will need their captain to get back to his best if they are to improve their form and start to move up the league table. The Catalan giants are already 9 points adrift of Atletico Madrid and can’t afford to drop many more points.
Next up for Barca is a trip to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. Koeman’s men have won all three group games so far and another win would propel them into the knockout stages and could help kickstart their season.