Barcelona are suffering from their worst time this year. The team are not playing at the level everyone expects them to and this has troubled the fans. The team played Celta Vigo last Sunday night at Camp Nou. The game was a tough one for the Blaugranas with Celta being such a bogey side. The first half and the second one were 2 different stories. Things looked far from comfortable in the second half for Barcelona. Had it not been for Marc Andre Ter Stegen’s heroic performance yet again, Barcelona would have surely have dropped points.
This performance was followed up by a 3-3 draw against Inter Milan which has made life difficult for them. They are on the verge of playing Europa League football once again this season. It feels so harsh given the squad they have got this season. Lewandowski has been nothing but sensational for them. But the Polish has not had much support which has made the team over-dependent on him. He has fired in 14 goals already this season. But Xavi is frustrated with the results and the performances the team is putting in despite being second in La Liga.
This draw was followed up by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in the Clasico. The performance drew criticism as the team did not know what to do. Real Madrid were simply much better and much more clinical than them. The month of October has been really poor for the Blaugranas as they have lost out on all the big games. When it mattered, the team failed to step up and thus the consequences are there. Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are not having the best of times and this indicates their time in Barcelona is very well over.
De Jong frustrated with the lack of game time
One player who is not seeing eye to eye with the club is Frenkie De Jong. The dutchman is really frustrated with his lack of game time at the moment. Fans are also questioning as to why De Jong is not starting over Busquets in the midfield. They feel that Busquets’s time is over now and it is De Jong’s time to take over. Benching De jong has proved fatal for the team as they have not been able to grind out results.
He was on the bench in both games against inter Milan, out of which Barcelona lost one and drew one. His ball-carrying abilities are second to none and everyone feels it has to be made use of. Apart from that, he is a fantastic runner off the ball and his off-the-ball output is also crucial for the way the team plays. The next few days will be interesting as Xavi has a big choice to make.
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