Barcelona scraped past Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday night, but the manner in which they performed has left few feeling confident in their ability to go far in this season’s competition.
Marca reports that some of the club’s senior figures made some damning comments regarding the team’s performance in the Czech Republic, including goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who said after the match that the players needed to ‘take a look at themselves’ following a far from impressive performance.
“I think that’s something we have to look at ourselves,” said the German shot-stopper.
“I won’t say it here because it’s more internal.
“It’s not my thing, I’d like to speak to the players who were on the pitch first.” [via Marca]
There was an overwhelming feeling that had Barcelona performed like that against a stronger outfit, they would have been totally undone – just like they were during their catastrophic collapse against Liverpool in the semi-finals of last season’s competition.
One of the striking images to come from Wednesday’s encounter was that of club captain and Barca talisman Lionel Messi, who looked to manager Ernesto Valverde for a response after Slavia’s equaliser.
It leaves further question marks surrounding the Spanish manager, who is already hated by sections of the Blaugrana support.
There is no disputing that Barcelona’s performance this week was well below-par, and if they’re going to rectify their wrongdoings from last season in the UCL, they simply have to perform much better.
It is difficult to disagree with anybody who claims that this current crop of Barcelona players look uninspired with Valverde in charge, however, so maybe if he were to be replaced, the side could once again regain to their former level of performance.
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