Andre Gomes on his 'hell' at Barcelona: 'I am not enjoying what I am doing'

Andre Gomes on his 'hell' at Barcelona: 'I am not enjoying what I am doing'
From ESPN - March 12, 2018

Andres Gomes has opened up about his "hell" at Barcelona in a revealinginterview with Spanish magazine Panenka.

The Barca midfielder has struggled to find his best form since joining the club from Valencia in 2016 and has been the subject of jeers and whistles from his own supporters on more than one occasion.

Coach Ernesto Valverde and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen criticised supporters who turned against Gomes when he replaced Andres Iniesta during last weekend's win against Atletico Madrid.

Gomes, 25, has revealed that the criticism is affecting him to the point that he no longer enjoys playing football like he did previously.

"I do not feel good on the pitch," he said. "I am not enjoying what I am doing. The first six months [at Barca] were pretty good but then things changed.

"Maybe it's not the right word to use, but it has turned into a kind of hell, because I have started to feel more pressure. With pressure, I feel fine, but with the pressure [I put] on myself, I do not. The feeling that I have during games is bad."

Gomes has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, although 15 have come from the bench. The treatment he's received when he has been on the pitch has often left him not wanting to venture out for days after a match.

"On more than one occasion, I did not want to leave my house because [of the way] people look at you," he added. "You have fear of going on the street out of shame.

"I close myself off. I do not allow myself to get rid of the frustration I have. I do not talk to anybody. It's like I feel ashamed. Thinking too much has hurt me. I think about the bad things and what I have to do.


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