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Mathieu admits to experiencing ‘a very bad time’ at Barcelona

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The former Blaugrana defender is upset with the lack of dressing room support during turbulent times in his final season at the club.

Jeremy Mathieu admits to experiencing “a very bad time” at FC Barcelona as he recalls his final season at the club.

Mathieu spent three seasons at Barcelona, having completed a €20 million move from Valencia in the summer of 2014.

While he enjoyed a quite successful spell at Camp Nou, winning nine major honors including two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy, the Frenchman was left with several bad memories.

He put in a poor performance in the 2-0 defeat to Malaga – a match that essentially ended Barca’s title hopes – and was taken off at half-time.

In his final appearance for the club, which came just three days after the Malaga loss, the 37-year-old was subbed off again as the Catalan giants were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Juventus.

Furthermore, the now-retired defender had his fair share of fitness troubles throughout his stay at Camp Nou.

“I had a very bad time in my last year with Barcelona,” Mathieu told in an interview for RAC1. “I felt that the defeat in Turin was my fault.

“But I don’t understand why they went for me as eleven players play football. I felt alone in the dressing room. No one offered support. For me, that’s not football.”