Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says the club must focus on the Champions League this season following their underwhelming campaign in the last three editions of the competition.
Barca last won the Champions League in the 2014-15 season and have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals since.
That disappointment did not impact on their domestic campaign, as they cruised to a double, winning La Liga and the Copa del Ray, but Messi is eager for Barca to improve in Europe after being drawn alongside Inter, Tottenham and PSV in this year’s group stage.
“It’s time. This year we have the Champions League again,” Messi told Catalunya Radio.
“We’ve gone out in the quarter-finals three years in a row and the last time was the worst of all, because of how we played and that we came with a result that was in our favour.
“We have to focus on the Champions League for the club, the team, and the fans. We have a spectacular team – that’s why we say that, because we can compete for the Champions League.”