Barcelona have been the dominant club side in Spain and Europe over the past few seasons, but following a recent run of poor performances, the Catalan club are beginning to feel pressure for the first time.
Following a surprise 2-0 first-leg defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League, and two defeats in five days to bitter rivals Real Madrid, a number of Barcelona personalities have been explaining the current crisis.
On Monday, president Sandro Rosell said he believed the absence of coach Tito Vilanova, has led to some psychological issues:
“The experts say that after 30 days of the leader’s absence, there is a drop in performance.
“It is normal for this to happen. But I think the reaction from outside has been a little exaggerated.”
Miidfielder Andres Iniesta admitted the players were worried about the recent poor run: “We are concerned because we have not been playing well.
Sergio Busquets also spoke out, saying that he wished Tito was there to help the struggling side:
“When the boss is not here, everyone misses him. The day to day work is more difficult.”
Javier Mascherano felt that things had really changed at the club over the last month: “A few weeks ago it was all like a Disney film, now it is like a haunted house horror story.”
Lionel Messi added: . “I am not sad, but I am hurting. I do not like to lose out on important things, neither does the team.”