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Barcelonas astonishing collapse: Why has it all gone wrong for the European champions?

The image summed night Barcelona’s Gerard Pique Frommel the Nou Camp turf to fire wide with the goal at his mercy.

Pique remained there for a good 10 seconds, is unable to drag himself back his feet. With its dung, a chance to save even made a point of Barcelona’s must-win match against Valencia, and so is their three-point lead at the top of the table.

She 2-1 defeat was the latest disaster in what has been a terrible month for the European champion. On March 18 she was eight points clear at the top of La Liga, and only has a 5-1 overall victory at Arsenal reached the Champions League quarterfinals.

On April 18, she is now at Atletico Madrid on goal difference alone, with Real Madrid – who beat them 2-1 in El Clásico -a further point behind. They lost four of their last six games, winning once and drawing the other.

The worst of all, their reign as European champions is over after Atletico a 3-2 overall victory last Wednesday after a pulsating second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

But what went wrong? How did a team that just a month ago invincible time has fallen apart

Here we look at the key factors behind disastrous slump Barcelona’s form – and see if they can salvage something from a season in danger. ends with a whimper

Barcelona has always been a by virtue of a small group, but this season seems to get caught with them -. especially when it comes to their much-acclaimed MSN strike force

for club and country Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar has 140 games played already this season, including regular trips to South America and the trip to Japan to play in the Club World Cup.

As a comparison, have their counterparts Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale only played 107 matches between them.

To make it worse, Luis Enrique fields are always much-praised strike force from the beginning of the game, with Messi makes two appearances of the plaster substitute bench this season, and Neymar and Suarez not having such replacement switch.

Given that all three played in the 2014 World Cup and last season’s Copa America and it’s no surprise that they are showing signs of fatigue, and their shape very blurred due

trio scored 112 goals between them this season -. but only three of them came in the last month, when they get the most necessary

when things go wrong at Barcelona it does not take long for the driver under pressure, no matter what he has achieved before -. and Luis Enrique is certainly finding that to be the case.

In his first season in management he has Barcelona to the treble, but he is on the defensive in recent weeks with his style of dealing with the press, leading to further investigation.

Another example comes in the press conference after the defeat against Valencia when a journalist named Victor Malo – who is of means “bad” in Spanish – asked if physical preparation of the players may be to blame for their malaise.

Enrique responded by saying: “What were you”

When the reporter responded by saying “Malo, Enrique said.” Correct, next question: “

Sure, it is rare in the same category of Nigel Pearson’s “you’re an ostrich?” ridge of the previous season, but that does little to pressure on both Enrique and the players results are poorly lighted.

It also goes further investigated in a number of more dubious decisions Enrique’s, including his choice not to rest more of his key players when the opportunity arises.

Few teams have such a gap in quality between their first choice XI and their reserves.

in defense, Jeremy Ahmed and former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is a long way from the level of the first selection center-backs Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

In the midfield Arda Turan takes to solve for quite some time, as they move from Atletico Madrid, while concerns are busy, all-action style is poorly suited to Barcelona’s passing game.

And along the primary alternative is Munir El Haddadi who impressed while scoring eight goals, but is clearly not at the level of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

In fact, the only position where the backup is at a similar level to the first choice in the prison, where Claudio Bravo plays in La Liga matches and Marc-Andre ter Stegen get the nod in Europe.

This undoubtedly contribute to reluctance to rest Enrique’s players, and it’s no surprise that Barcelona is actively looking for a fourth choice striker to act as an alternative to their current leading three.

The front favorite at the time of writing, Sevilla forward Kevin Gameiro, 24 goals of the season, he is the type of high-caliber option they need if they are to avoid depression in the future.

In defense of Barcelona should be noted that they only endure a particularly horrific series of games.

The unfortunate run begins with a draw result against a Villarreal side against Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals, while the two-leg semifinal against Atletico was a brutal, exhausting affair.

The Classico is drain for Enrique’s team, while on paper their easiest game of many – was always likely to be tricky, with Barcelona lost on each of their three previous visits to the Basque Country – away to Real Sociedad

is the proof, while they were not able to collect in front of a. Valencia team in a tree form is since Pako Ayestaran navigate Gary Neville.

The good news is that it is easier here on in. traveling Wednesday Derportivo a Barcelona team that just won a face of their last 19 games, while their last four La Liga matches is all winnable before they face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey Final. A

However, despite the events of the past month, Barcelona have their fate in their own hands. They stay for Atletico and Real, and which appears on paper to the easiest run in his -. Especially if the other two can be distracted by their upcoming Champions League semi-final

The game this Wednesday is their final midweek assignment of the season, which means that keeping Messi, Suarez and Neymar can for tests get good repair.

There is also an expectation that happiness should turn Barcelona’s. Their fate is perhaps best summed up by their struggle against Valencia, when Barcelona are two goals behind rest despite their opponents with just one shot on goal as Ivan Rakitic own goal was followed by fine second Santi Mina.

There is also the feeling that this team is too good not to react. Enrique is a relatively inexperienced coach, but he is president of a team of serial winners who displayed no signs of crumple at this stage of the previous season.

That said, there are real doubts that Barcelona team for the first time since they swept all before them last May

The smart money is that it is simply a stronghold -. one that cost them the chance to retain the first team of their Champions League crown in modern times but should not prevent them from successfully defending their La Liga title.

a month ago, but you would bill for this Barcelona team suggests would win a match in six. Suddenly, the title race was in Spain are very reluctant to.

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