Messi: We made childish mistakes

Atletico Madrid eliminated Barcelona from the Supercopa de Espana final and Lionel Messi has indicated that his team made silly errors in their 3-2 defeat against Los Rojiblancos.

The Argentine also acknowledged that the players are aware that they have to improve during the season, build on their performance against Atleti and avoid similar mistakes in the future.

“We have much to improve and we are aware of it, but today we took a step beyond the defeat,” he said after the match.

“We are aware that we have not been doing things as we would have liked or the way we can.

“This year we will try to continue on the path of what we did today and not make the childish mistakes we made.”

Ernesto Valverde has been criticised for Barcelona’s performances and results this season, but Messi sent a message of unity to the fans.

“When there is a defeat and the targets are not achieved, it is normal for people to talk,” he continued.

“We have to be more united than ever, be a strong group and move forward.

“It is a difficult situation especially because we missed out on a title that we wanted to win, [but] we have to look forward and keep growing.”