The Blaugrana created little against Los Rojiblancos and are now 13th in the table, with 12 points from the leaders of Real Sociedad.

Barcelona are playing badly

Marco van Basten has targeted Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann following two forwards in a 1-0 defeat to Atlético Madrid last Saturday night. The Blaugrana created little against Los Rojiblancos and are now 13th in the table, with 12 points from the leaders of Real Sociedad. Simple they’re playing badly now,” Van Basten said. “Messi and Antoine Griezmann play like two people without a goal. Messi has already been hit with some criticism this season, with some questioning if he’s invested after being forced to stay at the club last summer. Still, van Basten pointed out a couple of factors that could affect the 33-year-old’s performance. “He will no doubt be annoyed that there are no crowds,” the Dutchman said of Messi.

“Also, he hasn’t practised much in the last few months; he has done little work. He’s not happy with the situation in and around Barcelona.” And then that mess with Griezmann. It is accumulation. We don’t know him like that at all. It was a terrible mistake from Marc-André ter Stegen, which cost Barcelona against Atlético, as the German goalkeeper chose to go almost 50 yards out of his goal, only to get nutmegged by Yannick Carrasco, who then fired towards the empty gate. “That goalkeeper, that goalkeeper… I continue to see goalkeepers coming out of their gates, I think: keep on the goal line,” Van Basten lamented. “There was still no danger. There were two more defenders, and he shouldn’t have done it at all. Why is that goalkeeper there so far from his goal? It’s impossible to explain.”