Former Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol has admitted that he was disappointed when Real Madrid retained the Champions League trophy.
The La Liga giants outlasted Liverpool 3-1 in the final in Kiev on Saturday night. As a result, they extended their unbeaten record in Europe. They have been on a winning streak ever since Zinedine Zidane took over as manager.
Meanwhile, Puyol’s former team Barcelona were knocked out by Roma quarter-finals. Puyol was not happy to see their rivals triumphing in the competition.
“I am convinced that we have a better team than Madrid, but they have won four of the last five Champions Leagues,” Puyol said.
“I think the solution comes from getting our priorities straight. We’re losing an opportunity and I’m furious about that as a Barca fan. Winning the treble is extremely hard as statistics shows, so I think the most sensible thing would be to relegate the Copa del Rey. Don’t get me wrong, I loved playing in the final, but the path there should be for the reserves and the young players to show if they are good enough or not.
“We have a great team and we have Leo [Messi], I think the Champions League has a much bigger global impact and also [impacts] on the Ballon d’Or. I have no doubt who is the best player in the world but Messi should be showing his talent above all in La Liga and in Europe, I’m sure he’d agree with me.”
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi currently has four Champions League titles to his name. Meanwhile Los Blancos star and Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo clinched his fifth title on Sunday.
Puyol retired from all forms of football at the end of the 2013-14 season. The 40-year old has spent his entire career in Barcelona FC right from Barcelona B to the main team