Barcelona’s players didn’t want to hang about after drawing 0-0 with Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Tuesday.
And who could blame them. Failing to score at home to Slavia Prague marks a huge disappointment for the Spanish giants.
But their behaviour at the end of the contest has upset Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, whose heroics frustrated Lionel Messi and co.
Kolar and his teammates had hoped to swap shirts with some of their opponents but was saddened when some of Barcelona’s players didn’t stop to shake hands or swap shirts at full-time.
Barca ‘keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was singled out for waiting in the tunnel to congratulate Kolar on his man of the match display.
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But Ter Stegen’s teammates snubbed Slavia Prague’s players, with Kolar calling their behaviour “sad”.
'Messi and the others just left'
“[Ter Stegen] was waiting for me inside the tunnel," Kolar said after the match, as quoted by Goal.
“He stopped me and said he hadn't seen such a good goalkeeping performance for a long time and that it was a pleasure to watch me play well with my feet.
"He waited for me after the match, which I take as the ultimate award. To hear such praise from such a good goalkeeper, I had goosebumps.
“It was an amazing experience, but some of the other players...
"Messi and the others just left - some of them didn't even shake our hands. It was sad.
“We were all looking forward to meeting these big players, we wanted to swap jerseys after the match, but they didn't behave very well."
While the behaviour of Barcelona’s players isn’t encouraged, Kolar is a tad naive if he expected a warm greeting from Messi and his colleagues at the end.
The performance of Ernesto Valverde’s side at the Camp Nou only increases the scrutiny surrounding the Blaugrana, who are “playing like a team in crisis” according to Arsene Wenger.
The 0-0 draw against Slavia came three days after a 3-1 defeat to Levante and there are increasing calls for Valverde’s departure.News Now - Sport News