On course to be out of the Champions League in the round of 16 and dropped in the race for the title of champion of Spain, FC Barcelona is going through a major crisis. All this without talking about a locker room that has often been talked about because of the supposed bad relations between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in particular. No one really knows what it is, but one man has confirmed that sacred union is not a tradition among the Culés.
Winner of the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, La Liga, a Spanish Super Cup and three Copa del Rey in the blaugrana jersey, Jérémy Mathieu can say thank you to Barça d ” have considerably expanded its track record. But the former Barcelona defender, now retired, told the radio RAC1 that the locker room is not very united.
“In Barça, there was only Xavi and Cesc (Fabregas) who spoke to you when you made a mistake to tell you that it was not serious, that you would do better next time. They were positive. This is what is missing from Barça’s locker room, but you have to know that it works like that. You’re a little lonely, but that doesn’t matter. I had a terrible time in my last year at Barça. I had the impression that it was because of me that we lost in Turin (3-0 against Juve in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2017). I was “killed”, but football is a game of eleven. “
“Griezmann made a mistake coming to Barcelona”
Launched on the situation of Clément Lenglet, who is going through a big crisis of confidence, Mathieu is not surprised to see the former Nancy in this state (he was notably filmed leaving Camp Nou crying). “I don’t know what it’s like in the Barça locker room, but I felt alone there, no one is with you. For me, that’s not the spirit of a football club. Everyone “kills” him, it’s part of football. You have to be very positive for him to reverse the situation. “
Finally, on the Griezmann case, Mathieu did not go all the way. “Griezmann is not at the level he displayed at Atlético. Personally, I think he made a mistake when he came to Barcelona. In Madrid he was an important play and I don’t know if he has the same importance at Barca. But hey, if he’s feeling good at Barcelona, that’s not important. “