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Lionel Messi tells Eric Abidal to give names when criticising Barcelona players | Soccer

Eric Abidal, a former team-mate of Messi and Barcelona’s Sporting Director earlier told a Spanish newspaper that the Barcelona dressing room was unhappy and were not communicating enough under Ernesto Valverde.

“A lot of players were not happy and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication,” he told Sport.

He also added “The relationship between the coach and dressing room was always good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can sense. I told the club what I thought and we had to make a decision.”

Messi’s reply

Lionel Messi Eric Abidal

Messi responded to the comments in social media. He said that the club’s senior officials should take responsibilities for their own actions and should not criticise players without specifying their names.

“I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions,” Messi said on Instagram .

“Players for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don’t play well.Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions.”

“Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true.” Messi quoted.

Messi and Abidal played for Barcelona from 2007 to 2013. After retirement, the French defender returned to his old club in 2018 as Sporting Director.

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