‘Barcelona are playing like a team in crisis’: Arsene Wenger claims Catalan giants have lost their confidence and are too reliant on Lionel Messi
- Barcelona were held to a goalless stalemate by Slavia Prague on Tuesday
- They sit top of La Liga but pressure is increasing on Ernesto Valverde
- Arsene Wenger believes their play is too slow and reliant on individuals
Arsene Wenger claimed Barcelona are ‘playing like a team in crisis’ after they were held to a goalless draw by Slavia Prague at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.
They sit top of La Liga but have already lost three games this season and looked below their best.
The former Arsenal boss explains that they have become too reliant on Lionel Messi and individual brilliance.
Arsene Wenger claimed Barcelona are ‘playing like a team in crisis’ on Tuesday night
The former Arsenal boss believes that Barca are too reliant on their talisman Lionel Messi
He told beIN Sports: ‘(Despite being) leaders of La Liga and their Champions League group… they are playing like a team in crisis, because the play is too slow, without dynamism, and very individualistic in the final metres.
‘When they lose the ball they could concede a goal on the counter because they aren’t closing down the space for the opponent.
‘Barcelona are an interesting case because they have a history of brilliant collective team play and then they also had Leo Messi who made the difference. Today it seems they play expecting something from Messi.
‘Before the music was beautiful, of a fantastic team waiting for Messi to appear. Today they have lost their charisma and you have to ask how much the last two Champions League failures have affected them.
‘From outside it seems they’ve lost their charisma.’
Pressure is increasing on Ernesto Valverde despite Barca sitting top of the table in Spain