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Barca's Gomes frank about off and on-field problems

Barca's Gomes frank about off and on-field problems

Andre Gomes was "brave" to open up about his problems at Barcelona, according to coach Ernesto Valverde, while Sergio Busquets has sympathised with his team-mate's troubles.

With Philippe Coutinho cup-tied, there's no natural replacement for Iniesta in Barca's squad and his importance to their style of play could see him thrown in from the start even if he is not 100 percent fit. "I don't know if he will play, but it's a game for the best players".

The Portugal midfielder has only started four Liga games this season and was booed at the Nou Camp when he came on in the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on March 4, prompting Valverde to admonish the home supporters. I feel comfortable with my teammates. "The first six months at Barcelona were positive, then things changed and for me, it was like hell because I felt more pressure and because of that, I couldn't make the most of my potential".

The Portuguese midfielder has spoken out on the pressure he feels and how he "shuts himself away".

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"Thinking too much has hurt me".

"I close myself off ..." Gomes' words are a stark reminder of how a high pressure situation like his can have a negative affect on daily life and perhaps a move to a club where the spotlight doesn't shine so bright is in order.

It leads me to feel ashamed and sometimes I feel that I can not leave the house due to the shame and due to people looking at me. Then I don't talk to anybody, I don't bother anyone. Because people look at you, having the fear of going on the street out of shame.

Barcelona take on Chelsea at the Camp Nou in the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday, with the match poised at 1-1. Obviously, there are days that I feel a little low on confidence and in training it can be noticeable. "I'm sure the players and the fans will help the team and players to get through".