Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Busquets and Valverde sympathise with Gomes' Barcelona 'hell'

Andre Gomes admits the pressure to perform at Barcelona has made his life'a living hell Andre Gomes admits the pressure to perform at Barcelona has made his life'a living hell
Patty Aguilar | 15 March, 2018, 00:34

An FC Barcelona midfielder has opened up about how his dream move to the Camp Nou has turned into a nightmare and left him embarrassed to leave his own house. "There are days that I feel a little low on confidence, and in training it is noticeable".

He added: "On more than one occasion, I didn't want to leave my house". The Camp Nou is Europe's ultimate footballing theatre, but it is an unforgiving place to fluff your lines.

Gomes was jeered by Barcelona fans during the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on March 4 after coming on as a substitute for the injured Andres Iniesta.

"I know my playing staff and Andre is someone I am close to, and it is also my position to help him both on a professional and personal level". I have spoken with Andre many times about many things. Then I don't talk to anybody, I don't bother anyone. I feel comfortable around my teammates. I think about the bad things and what I have to do.

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Gomes admitted his treatment off the pitch is affecting his performances on it. "As people in the football world, we are often careful not to reveal our insecurities or weaknesses, so it was a very fearless act". It's something you have to face and overcome. "We have done as much as possible to help him". "They always are in the Champions League", Busquets said.

"It's nothing new in football, this happens a lot", Valverde told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Chelsea.

Every now and then it is important to be reminded that if the celebrity filters were switched off, we'd see a player like Gomes as a normal 24-year-old man from Portugal doing a job, and constantly being made aware that he isn't doing it very well.

"Players and coaches are [generally] careful not to show any insecurity or weakness and André has done so, which is courageous, but it is not new and he is not the only one - it has happened to us all in one way or another and we have to find ways of confronting that and carrying on", Valverde added.

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