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Barcelona’s woeful performance against Real Madrid was far from classic

The champions deservedly lost at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Where do you even start with that? Utterly abysmal virtually from start to finish.

A few brief flashes aside, and against what certainly wasn’t the best Real Madrid side of recent memory, Barca could’ve played for another 90 minutes and still not found the back of the net.

Frenkie de Jong had arguably his worst game in the blaugrana, playing consistently under-hit passes, not finding his targets and not making sharp enough movements to show for the likes of Sergio Busquets.

Indeed, lack of sharpness and movement appeared to be a theme right throughout the side, with some of the players even looking sluggish at times.

And let’s call it right too. Leo Messi wasn’t much better either. When was the last time you saw him struggling to get away from Marcelo?! Rest him if he’s not fit, or bench him when he’s not good enough. He doesn’t get a free pass.

Yes, we had our chances to score, but ultimately we didn’t and paid the heaviest price. Were it not for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Gerard Pique’s heroics the damage would’ve been far, far worse.

Let’s hope that Arturo Vidal was shaking his head when leaving the pitch because of his own lack of passion and desire in what was the biggest game of the season to date.

If it was because he was coming off early again, then he too needs to take a long hard look at himself.

Despite Casemiro and Toni Kroos being more laboured generally, they bossed the midfield at times, and that simply isn’t good enough.

Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane were rarely put under any pressure, and certainly not enough to see the mistakes that they often make creep in.

And maybe we need to look at Quique Setien’s set-up too.

Whilst a four-man midfield is understandable to a point, once it was clear that it wasn’t really working apart from possessions sake, then the coach needed to be proactive and change things.

Before this evening, the Cantabrian had been (well he still is) the only coach to have beaten Zinedine Zidane twice, and yet the bravery which we have come to expect of his teams was nowhere to be seen.

That’s now five defeats this season and 31 goals conceded - the worst in the top five.

If anyone believes we still have a chance at winning the league from this point, frankly, you’re deluded.

Let’s get the season over with and hope to god the board get it right in the summer and we can start afresh... because that was pathetic.

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