Lionel Messi And Barcelona Slammed For Sending Pedri, 17, To Speak To Media After Atletico Madrid Defeat
Lionel Messi and Barcelona were slammed by fans for sending 17-year-old Pedri to speak to the media following their defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona lost their third La Liga game of the season after Atletico Madrid beat them 1-0 on Saturday.
The Catalan giants are now NINE points adrift of Atletico Madrid who sit at the top of the table alongside Real Sociedad.
Supporters were upset with Barcelona's underwhelming performance, but they were furious with the club's decision to send out Pedri to complete media obligations following their loss.
The Spanish youngster, who made his debut in September, fulfilled the team's post-match interview, which didn't go down too well on social media.
Messi, Pique and Barcelona's other captains sent a non Spanish speaking debutante Dest out to face the press after their Clasico loss instead of acting like leaders and today they sent out their new 17-year old youngster Pedri in his first game vs Atletico after this loss. pic.twitter.com/IxGQUwsomv
- M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) November 21, 2020
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Pedri was sent to face the media for the second time yesterday after a bad performance :joy::sob::sob::joy:
- Sandarsh (@sandarsh_cule) November 22, 2020
Atleti beats Barcelona and the only one that shows up to face the media is the teenager Pedri.
What a disgrace the club has turned into.
- Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) November 21, 2020
One Twitter user wrote: "Messi is the Barcelona captain but it's Pedri doing the interviews. State of this club man."
A second tweeted: "17-year-old Pedri was sent out to do post-match interview, tells you a lot about Messi as a captain."
A third added: "No captain, no veteran, but 17yo Pedri is doing the post-match interview of Barca after an important loss. What a shame."
Speaking to reporters, Pedri said: "We weren't very successful in front of goal, as is happening in recent games, and the goal in the 45th minute hurt us.
"We knew this could happen to us, we have to keep improving.
"La Liga is still long and I think we can compete."
Barcelona return to action in midweek when they face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, before resuming their faltering league campaign at home to Osasuna.
Featured Image Credit: La Liga/PA
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