Busquets admits Barcelona players can’t get over Messi exit

Robin Bairner
  • Robin Bairner
  • Updated: September 13, 2021, 16:58 CEST
  • 3 min read
Lionel Messi, Barcelona, 2020/21, La Liga

Barcelona’s stars are still trying to get over the loss of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets admits.

Messi left Barca in the summer for Paris Saint-Germain when it became evident that there was not sufficient money to allow him to remain.

It was a deal that saw the six-time Ballon d’Or winner breakdown in tears as he departed the club where he had spent the whole of his professional career.

Busquets, meanwhile, admits that Barcelona have still not been able to get over it.

“I’m still in a state of shock,” the midfielder explained when speaking to the press ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League fixture with Bayern Munich.

“For all that Leo represents to Barcelona, and what he represents also to me and our families on a personal level. The emotions have been difficult to manage.

“These decisions don’t depend on us. It’s hard, but we have to try to change our mentality.”

Busquets looks to Chelsea for inspiration

Leo brought up a lot on a collective level but we’re now on a new page
- Sergio Busquets

Busquets says that Barcelona must look to Chelsea’s Champions League win from last season to aid them.

“Leo Messi has gone and today that most important thing is the team. We saw that with Chelsea last season,” he said, referencing the Blues unlikely run to win the competition having sacked manager Frank Lampard in January.

Lionel Messi in Paris after signing for PSG from Barcelona

“Leo brought up a lot on a collective level but we’re now on a new page. We know that it won’t be easy, we know the difficulty of this challenge, but we’re also staying ambitious.”

Barcelona have made a solid start to the season, winning two of their three matches in La Liga, though they were not in action at the weekend as their scheduled fixture with Sevilla was postponed due to a number of players not being able to return in time from international duty.