He was talking on the eve of Barca’s last match of the season, the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.
Messi has often avoided reporters during his career and his previous news conference before a Barca match was in 2015, when the Catalan club faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League semis.
Barca will aim to add to its Spanish league title on Saturday, but the Champions League was its main goal this season.
“It’s true that winning the double is important, but we will still have a bad feeling for that loss,” Messi said. “We all had our focus on winning the Champions League, so the disappointment was that much greater.”
Barca also suffered a tough exit against Roma in the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018, when it also squandered a big first-leg lead.
“We didn’t think what happened against Roma could happen again,” forward Messi said. “Our first leg against Liverpool wasn’t too bad, but we didn’t compete at all in the second.”