Sequel to Lionel Messi’s departure, Sergio Busquets on Monday said he was still in a “state of shock” as Barcelona prepare to start their first Champions League without the Argentinian since 2003.
Barca play Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in Group E on Tuesday following a traumatic summer transfer window in which their talisman was lost to psg .
Barcelona is in debt of more than a billion euros which forced the club to let go of 11 players, including Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain after being told his contract could not be renewed.
Messi scored 120 goals in 149 European matches for Barcelona and won the tournament four times, in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015, the last three alongside Busquets.
“I felt like everyone else, I was in a state of shock, because of what Leo means for Barca and what he means personally to me and our families,” Busquets said in a press conference.
“I had emotions that were difficult to manage. But these are hard decisions that are not up to us and now we have to change the mindset.”
Busquets said Barcelona are beginning a “new era” without Messi and pointed to Chelsea’s surprise success last season as evidence of what is possible in the Champions League. “We are very ambitious,” Busquets said.