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3 Reasons why Barcelona are struggling this season

Elvis Ume O
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08 Nov 2019, 19:07 IST

#2 Their defence has been in shambles

Gerad Pique has flattered to deceive
Gerad Pique has flattered to deceive

Barcelona have not been famed for having resolute defences over the years, but things seem to have slipped to new lows this term.

There is no organization to their defensive play, with the defenders usually at sixes and sevens and there is always an overwhelming feeling of Barcelona conceding with every wave of attack launched by their opponents.

In both legs of their Champions League fixtures with Slavia Prague, the Czechs sliced open Barcelona's backline at will and the Catalans were lucky not to have lost either fixture, while they needed some heroics from Marc-Andre ter Stegen to pick up a point in Dortmund.

In the league, they have conceded a whopping 14 goals from just 11 matches, which is worse than every side in the top five and better than just 11 clubs in the top-flight (all of whom have played one game more).

Gerard Pique is significantly beneath his usual high standards and is not offering the on-field leadership or direction for his teammates, while Clement Lenglet has made some schoolboy errors and Samuel Umtiti has been absent due to injury.

With Barcelona's midfield no longer as immaculate as it used to be, an extra spotlight has been beamed upon the defence, but so far, they have failed to cover themselves in glory.

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