Barcelona Where will they go from here?
Barcelona couldn’t put together a convincing performance against Real Madrid on Wednesday and doubts were generated among their fans after the goalless draw at the Camp Nou.
As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Blaugrana are looking to recover their best form.
However, there was also a positive outcome from the derby as the home side do remain joint leaders of LaLiga Santander after a game where their catalyst Lionel Messi wasn’t at his best.
Here are reasons to believe in Barcelona and also reasons to believe their future may be grim.
They are still leaders
Barcelona top the league table along with Real Madrid despite the draw at the Camp Nou.
They kept a clean sheet
Barcelona had issues in defence in the last few games, but managed to protect Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s goal fairly well despite Los Blancos’ domination.
Barcelona retained possession
Despite Real Madrid controlling the tempo, Barcelona won the possession battle.
De Jong has what it takes
The Dutchman has been one of the players to stand out, as he has managed to meet the expectations created after his arrival in summer.
Jordi Alba is back
Messi’s best partner on the pitch returned from injury and he is fully fit, as he showed against Real Madrid.
Gerard Pique is where he needs to be
Pique’s performance on the Camp Nou pitch was one of a captain, as he orchestrated Barcelona’s defence and saved his team from conceding in the first half.
They let a visiting team dominate at the Camp Nou
Barcelona are not used to the opposition controlling a game at the Camp Nou, but that’s what Real Madrid managed to do and it is worrying for the Blaugrana.
Their home record against Real Madrid
In the last seven games against Los Blancos on home soil, the Catalan side have just won once.
Barcelona have struggled ever since Neymar’s departure to rely on any other player than the Argentine. Sometimes it works, but there are games where it doesn’t.
The players are exhausted
The squad are looking to forward to the winter break to get some rest. Valverde is trying to give them some days off during the season, but there are just so many games.
Valverde doesn’t change matches
He did it against Inter, but his substitutions or tactical changes during the game are generally not of help for his team.
Problems with rivals’ pressure
Barcelona suffer when their opponents decide to press high up the pitch, as they can’t build play from the back as they used to.
Griezmann is still missing
After almost five months of official games, the Frenchman has yet to adapt to his new team’s style and barely gets involved in Barcelona’s attacking moves as he hasn’t clicked with the rest of the forwards.