Barcelona are not well. It’s clear. They’re not hitting the levels expected of them and their poor form is only getting worse, as was seen against Slavia Prague on Tuesday evening.
The scoreless draw started alarm bells at the Camp Nou, and the warning light had been flashing for some time.
But Barcelona have problems in defence, in attack and with their creativity.
“With this level of performance, it’s hard to know if we can win the Champions League,” Gerard Pique after the match on on Tuesday.
“It’s a tough time,” added his centre-back partner, Clement Lenglet.
Barcelona have lost three of their 15 games so far this season, drawing three and winning the other nine. But in some of those wins, like in Prague, controversy was generated due to the poor level of performance.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen ended that night by saying the players needed to discuss some things, but they’ve repeated their same offences.
Barcelona didn’t score at home to Slavia, having scored in each of their previous 45 home matches. Additionally, they’ve failed to net against Athletic Club, Granada and Borussia Dortmund this season. Lionel Messi has also failed to score in back-to-back home games for the first time since April 2015.
But, despite the negativity, the players are calling for calm.
“We’re not playing as well as we’d like,” Pique acknowledged.
“But we’re in a good position in both LaLiga [Santander] and in the Champions League.
“The results aren’t bad, but they could be better.
“I’m asking for patience. We’ve had stages before were we haven’t played so well, for example under Luis Enrique, and then we ended up with [winning the] treble.”