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Former Rayo boss Paco Jemez highlights Barcelona’s problems

‘This team is very predictable’

Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Former Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez was happy to talk about Barcelona and the problems with the team after seeing his ex-team inflict a third La Liga defeat in four games on the Catalan giants.

Radamel Falcao scored the only goal of the game for the hosts, while Memphis Depay missed the chance to rescue a point for Barca when he saw his penalty saved.

Jemez spoke about the visitors after the game and came out with some pretty interesting comments about what it’s like to play Barca right now.

“This team is very predictable. The differences, before, were marked by the individual quality of the players,” he said. “If you want to win games, you have to have ball speed. And Barça, especially in attack, do everything very slowly.”

The Rayo boss also said Barca are “a team without rhythm” and spoke about how rarely Barca win duels out on the pitch. He also added, “The lines are too far apart, there is too much space between attackers and midfielders and it is very easy for Rayo.”

Jemez was also pretty critical of Ronald Koeman’s decision to use Sergino Dest as a winger yet again. The American played further forward once more but was guilty of missing another good chance.

“Dest does not have the virtues of a winger, being fast is not enough, you have to read the plays well,” said Jemez who was also critical of Coutinho and claimed the Brazilan plays a style of football “that no longer exists.”