Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that he is "sad" after recent results, however is adamant his side can return to form. 

The Catalan giants have been on a poor run of form of late, losing twice to rivals Real Madrid and were also beaten in their Champions League first leg tie with AC Milan. 

However, Messi came out fighting stating: “We're hurting from the recent defeats, but we'll get over it. I'm not sad, I don't know who said that. We have to work a little harder.

"We know exactly what the problems were in these defeats, but that stays in the dressing room."

The 26-year-old is adamant that the Catalonian side can still make a comeback and the tie is far from over.

"I hope we can stage a comeback in the match with Milan. Just like they won over there, we can win here in Barcelona.

"We all know that we have to work a little harder. We have a key game coming up to turn things around."

The Argentine also addmitted that losing their manager has had an impact on the team.

He continued by saying: "What's happened to Tito and Abidal affects the dressing room. But we can't blame it on that. We have a strong squad and we'll recover."

The 4-time Ballon d’Or winner also admitted that Real Madrid are now[ after beating Manchester United] one of the favorites to win the Champions League.

"I watched Real Madrid last night. It proved how strong the team is. Whichever of the two went through was always going to be a contender to win the Champions League."

Messi, refused to comment on Ronaldo’s form and told media that comparison is not his cup of tea. He said: “ We don't play to see who's best. The comparisons are for the press."

Barcelona will hope to turn their two goal deficit against Milan around, however Tito Vilanova is set to miss out on managing his side in what could be their last game in Europe this season.


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