In statements to Sport and Mundo Deportivo, Leo Messi spoke about the current situation, the possible return of competition and his personal feelings after the first days of individual training at the Ciutat Esportiva. The Argentine admitted to being "very well physically," although he recognised the psychological difficulty of this unusual situation.
"I have been training at home during confinement and it has served to keep me in shape. I feel very well physically, but it's not the same as when you train with the coaching staff directing the sessions"
"Psychologically it's been hard because it's a very strange situation, but with the support of Antonella and the children, who've grown up very fast, this has ended up becoming moments that we have enjoyed together doing things that we can't do normally"
"It is essential to comply with the protocols and measures of prevention"
"Going back to training is a first step, but we should continue taking all the necessary precautions and assume that we will have to start playing the games, when they are played, behind closed doors"
"I am looking forward to the competition again. We know it will be strange, without people in the stands"
"The break may end up benefiting us, but we'll see if they can start the competitions and then we can check the level we have or can reach when we start"
"I have never doubted the squad we have and I have no doubt that we can win all that remains, but not by playing the way we were playing. Everyone has their own opinion and they are all very respectable. To win the Champions League, perhaps Setién misunderstood or didn't explain what he wanted to say "
"The market will also be different, and we'll have to get it correct in order to improve on what we already have"
"I don't know if there are negotiations with Lautaro. He is an impressive forward, very complete. He dribbles well, he has an eye for goal and he knows how to protect the ball, but we'll have to see what ends up happening with him and any other players that have been talked about"