Barcelona stars snubbed handshakes and shirt swaps with the Slavia Prague players after a goalless draw at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.
That’s according to goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, who made the claim after the Czech side secured an impressive point in their Group F encounter.
While the 25-year-old was disappointed with the behaviour of many of Ernesto Valverde’s team, he did single out Marc-Andre ter Stegen for special praise.
“He was waiting for me inside the tunnel,” Kolar said after the match, as quoted by iDNES.cz.
“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.
“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.”
The hosts were jeered off the pitch by their own supporters following the result and manager Valverde understood why fans were frustrated after a poor showing from the Catalan giants.
“It’s OK for people to demand (more),” he said after the game.
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“You always like to win. Today, the truth is that we have not been right (when it has come to converting the) clear chances that we have had.
“They, without creating clear opportunities, caused danger when they stole the ball from us because they came out very fast against us (on the counter attack).
“We couldn’t convert the dominance we had into opportunities.”