The Argentina international has admitted that the Camp Nou outfit have reacted to the 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad in January.
Barcelona have been Europe’s form team since the turn of the year, with the Blaugrana sweeping all comers out of their path since losing their first game of 2015 1-0 to Real Sociedad.
Lionel Messi has been a key reason behind the Camp Nou outfit’s resurgence and has admitted that Luis Enrique’s men have changed their approach since the shock defeat at Anoeta.
“That defeat produced a change in attitude – the team are showing more desire now,” the South American playmaker is quoted as saying by AS.
“In our last few games, we’ve gone out fired up and have pressurised our opponents right from kick-off. The players really wanted to change the image we left in San Sebastian and you can really tell the difference.”
Messi has had a wonderful start to 2015 personally, providing a staggering 23 goals and assists for Barcelona in his last 11 games.
Although the four-times Ballon d’Or winner looks in his best form, the Argentine has admitted that he has to look after himself more now than he did when he was younger.
I’m 27 now and it’s not the same as when I was younger,” Messi continued.
“You continue to grow and age. Before, I could do almost anything and my body wouldn’t notice but now I try to make sure I get some rest and take care about what I eat.”
Ominously for Barcelona’s domestic and European rivals, Messi has admitted that Barcelona are motivated to win every piece of silverware they can this season.
“We want to win every competition we’re involved in,” Messi concluded.
“Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t but this year, we are going for the lot; we want to win trophies and enjoy ourselves.
“On a personal level I just want to continue doing what I’ve been doing and helping the team in every way I can so that Barca continues to improve.”
Barcelona host Malaga this weekend at Camp Nou in La Liga, before taking on Manchester City in the Champions League in England on Tuesday night.