Mathieu slams Barca leadership


The French fullback had some things to say ahead of Barcelona clash in the Champions League.

Jeremy Mathieu believes he was treated unfairly at Barcelona and is looking forward to prove a point to president Josep Maria Bartomeu and technical director Robert Fernandez when Sporting CP will be hosting the Catalans on Wednesday.

Mathieu completed a switch to Portugal during the close-season following a rather disappointing three-year spell at Camp Nou.

The 33-year-old has already left a great impression at Sporting, scoring a screamer free-kick in Sporting’s 2-0 home win over Tondela earlier this month.

Speaking to Marca regarding a possible celebration if he happens to score a goal, the defender stated:

“I don’t know [if I would celebrate],” he said. “I have a lot of respect for my former team-mates and the fans.

“If I celebrate it will be for Bartomeu and Robert Fernandez, because I think the way they treated me was very difficult for me.

“It was just the two of them. But that’s football and now I’m very happy. I do not care anymore.

“With respect to Barcelona itself, here I feel a bit like when I was in Valencia. It is a very familiar club and I was comfortable from day one.”

Mathieu also lashed out at sports newspaper Sport for their heavy criticism towards him.

“The newspaper Sport, I’m a little f***** up with them because every time I played they always had something bad to say against me.”