March 27, 2023

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has blamed the “childish mistakes” made by his team-mates, for their 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final on Thursday night.

Diego Simeone’s men took the lead through Koke.

However, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann scored to give Barca the lead.

The Spanish champions saw two goals ruled out by VAR, before Atletico delivered the sucker punch late in the game.

Alvaro Morata converted a penalty and Angel Correa sealed the win in the 86th minute.

Atletico will now face city rivals Real Madrid, who beat Valencia on Wednesday in the other semi, in the final of the first-ever four-team Super Cup competition.

“It is a shame, we played a great game, after so long we felt good again, we were in control, dominated and attacked all the time,” Messi told reporters in Jeddah.

“We let it slip through certain mistakes when [Atletico] were already almost dead, in less than 10 minutes they turned round a game that we should have seen out.

“It hurts because it is a title and we wanted to be in the final and win it, we showed a different side to what we have been showing recently against Espanyol and at the end of last year, we played a good game but sadly we couldn’t get the victory.

“We have taken a step forward today despite the defeat but we are aware that we have not been doing things the way we want, we do not want to make these childish mistakes again.”

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