Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has blamed Barcelona players for always relying on Messi to rescue them from every situation.
Barcelona drew goalless against Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. The draw follows a 3-1 defeat against Levante in the Spanish La Liga.
According to Wenger, the team isn’t getting along well and are too reliant on Messi to create an individual moment of brilliance.
“They’re top of the league, they’re top of their group, and they play like a team in crisis,” Wenger on beIN SPORTS in his role as a pundit.
“Their game is too slow. There is no dynamic in the last 30 metres, it’s too individual.
“Every time they lose the ball, it looks like they will concede a goal on the counter attack because they cannot deal with pace against the opponent… the team lacks dynamic, lacks energy, lacks confidence.
“Today it looks like they play and they wait for Messi to do something, but the basic strengths of the team play is a bit gone.
“And you think, when will Messi get the ball to do something? And before, the music, the basic music, was the fantastic team play, making it difficult to catch the ball, and then on top of that came Messi.”
The recent form of the Catalan Giants has placed manager Ernesto Valverde under pressure and at risk of losing his job. However, Wenger feels the coach is not always to blame.
“At the end it’s always the coach who is guilty, he’s not always responsible,” Wenger said. “There’s a difference between being guilty and responsible, you know?
“We said Valverde does not make the decision on who comes in. He has to do the best with what he has.
“So what we speak about raises many questions: who has the final word when you buy a player? Secondly, is this really the player that the team needs?”