Former Barcelona winger Bolo Zenden believes the membership are in ‘lots of bother’ and says Lionel Messi shall be unattainable to switch ought to he go away in the summertime.
Kylian Mbappe ran riot on the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening with a surprising hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain thumped Barcelona 4-1 of their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.
In what was their 151st dwelling match within the European Cup/Champions League, Barcelona have now misplaced consecutive video games for the very first time.
However their woes deepen quite a bit additional than that, with Ronald Koeman’s males eight factors behind Atletico Madrid on the high of LaLiga – having performed a recreation greater than the leaders.
And Zenden doesn’t envisage issues altering any time quickly – except drastic enhancements are made on and off the sphere.
“Inside Barcelona there’s lots of bother,” Zenden advised Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “There’s lots of politics and discuss new possession, and gamers that aren’t becoming in.
“All of those groups have one of these strain, but it surely’s undoubtedly totally different while you’re high of the league and successful all of your video games.
“We even have the issue with the pandemic – like many groups – there’s a lot debt on the membership.
“They’ve not been capable of repeat what they’ve achieved in recent times and this has undoubtedly affected the staff on the pitch.”
Messi’s Camp Nou future additionally stays up within the air, with the Argentine within the closing 12 months of his contract having tried to engineer a transfer away from the membership final summer time.
Quite a few European giants have been linked with Messi’s signature, together with Manchester City and Barca’s current tormentors PSG.
“It’s such an enormous loss if he leaves or if he quits soccer,” added Zenden. “How will you substitute that?
“We’ve seen up to now when Barca have had difficulties, it’s all the time Messi who can get them out of bother.
“It’s not taking place that always anymore. It’s not like Messi can do every little thing on his personal; he nonetheless wants his teammates to assist.
“In the intervening time they simply lack a little bit of high quality and expertise.
“Messi isn’t achieved and dusted – and nor are Barcelona – however they’re simply not bringing the identical degree that they’re able to.”