On-field success has held Barcelona together for a number of years now.
The club have been carried by the team, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this season.
After suffering their second slip in three days at Balaidos, Barcelona have handed Real Madrid a huge opportunity to put daylight between them in the LaLiga Santander title race.
A Los Blancos win would put them two points clear with just six games left to play, with Atletico Madrid to visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday, and Real Madrid also boast a head-to-head advantage over the Catalans.
Their decision to replace Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien hasn’t brought improvements, they’re still lacking consistency and they haven’t impressed since making the change.
The title is slipping further away with each passing game and even the big players are sending messages to Setien through the press.
Luis Suarez questioned him after the draw at Celta Vigo, after Lionel Messi had already said that the coach misunderstood him.
Frenkie de Jong’s loss has hurt Setien, as the Dutchman had been a key player in his setup and Arthur Melo’s concentration has been lost as he nears a move to Juventus.
Not even Antoine Griezmann is delivering. He hasn’t scored in five games and despite his 120 million euro price tag, he’s lost his place to a 17-year-old whose own father says “can’t be a starter” yet.
Barcelona have problems at every level. They’re struggling domestically and there are no guarantees that they’ll make it into the Champions League’s last eight.
Setien’s future is in doubt, as Josep Maria Bartomeu won’t be happy with a season without trophies.
It’s been crisis after crisis at the Camp Nou lately. On the pitch, on the bench and at board level.
As things stand, the future looks dark for the club. There aren’t many signs of things improving soon.
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