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No MSN, no nothing



No MSN, no nothing


It'll be a long next few days for the Blaugrana until LaLiga returns on the weekend, as Barcelona put in a lifeless and impotent performance vs. PSG that has completely devastated moral and confidence. Here's a list of what went missing at the worst possible time:
Playing at two speeds
From the outset, Paris Saint-Germain played at a higher tempo, immediately pressing and catching the Catalans right out of the gate. Several Marc Andre Ter Stegen saves kept the Parisian club from scoring until Angel Di Maria's eventual breakthrough. Slow starts have hurt the Blaugrana in the past this season, and they had no answer or response this time around as well.
No right-back
Julian Draxler took advantage of the fact that Sergi Roberto isn't a natural right-back all match, and it isn't the first time the Catalans have seen their right flank targetted. Aleix Vidal had seemed like he was making his way back into the XI and Luis Enrique's good books, but a long-term injury means Barcelona have a real problem on their hands.
MSN nowhere to be found
Starved because of the structural problems in midfield, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez barely touched the ball and in fact, didn't register a single shot on goal. Neymar did what he could, but that didn't add up to much.
No midfield
That this team controls matches far less than before is no secret, but even considering that, the Barcelona midfield trio was as unrecognisable as it has ever been. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets struggled to find a groove because of recent injuries and Andre Gomes has yet to look like a signing worthy of a club like Barcelona.
Luis Enrique's lack of response
Elite coaches must be able to choose the best XI but also be able to change the course of matches and steer it towards scenarios that favour his players. Luis Enrique wasn't able to get the team to respond, as his changes in system and two substitutions hardly even had an effect.

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