Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has criticised the Nou Camp’s “ugly” remedy of Phillipe Coutinho in the course of the membership’s thrilling 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win over Liverpool.
Coutinho, who Barcelona signed from Liverpool for £146m final season, endured a depressing night and was withdrawn for Nélson Semedo after the hour mark.
The 26-year-old was whistled by the house supporters as he departed the pitch, amid hypothesis that Barcelona will try to dump him this summer season.
However Messi, who scored two stunning goals to put Barcelona in complete control of the tie, rushed to the Brazilian’s defence after the full-time whistle and urged the house crowd to get behind him.
“This can be a time when we’ve to be extra united than ever, each as gamers and followers,” he mentioned instantly after full-time.
“That is one thing we’ve to realize collectively and it isn’t the second to criticise anyone.
“It’s ugly to see [the crowd] deal with a team-mate like that.”
Barcelona are actually the overwhelming favourites to progress to the Champions League closing in Madrid subsequent month, with the second leg in opposition to Liverpool to be performed at Anfield subsequent Tuesday.