After four match days, FC Barcelona have only accumulated five points and occupy the second spot. Something is very wrong here. Considering that FC Barcelona are the reigning champions of Europe, this nothing short of disaster.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Inter Milan were in serious danger of becoming the laughing stock of Europe. Fast forward to the present and it increasingly looks like FC Barcelona are not going to qualify for the knock-out stages of Europe's premier club competition.
With the exception of the Real Zaragoza thrashing a fortnight ago, the Blaugrana have not convincingly delivered the desired results.
Maybe it wasn't noticed because of the ArconGate incident by their eternal rivals, Real Madrid, but nonetheless, FC Barcelona are having a crisis of their own.
Whereas players like Xavi & Co. paid tribute to their opponents last year, they are bemoaning the defensive-minded set-up of teams they encounter now.
FC Barcelona plays all out, attacking football, are our opponents supposed to crumble just because we won the triple last year? If that's the mindset of some of FC Barcelona's players, I seriously wish them to fail to qualify for the next round.
I am a Blaugrana fanatic, but reading through some of the comments from players like Xavi or Ibrahimovic makes me sick to my stomach. How can you not be worried about qualification?
Neither Inter Milan nor Dynamo Kiev are playing against us to lose. If FC Barcelona draws just once more, it could be over. Imagine Samuel Eto'o scoring the winner against his former team and ousting us from Europe.
Last night, I was glued to my screen and hoped Samu would magically pop out from somewhere and hassle the opponents in his unique fashion. It didn't happen and Ibrahimovic transformed into a submarine again.
I thought he had won me over with his impressive performances so far, but I guess I was wrong. I'd rather have Samuel Eto'o missing a lot of sitters in "casual" games and scoring in the important ones than Ibrahimovic dominating "little" opponents (if there are such) and going M.I.A. in truly important games.
A real champion wins against whoever and wherever and whatever the condition might be. I don't think the problem is the squad; it's in the players' heads. They need to forget all their accomplishments from last season and play like they have everything to prove.
A winner proves himself over and over again, only a loser can release a statement like, "I don't have anything to prove."
Well, if that's the case, quit playing football already and make room for the next guy to come up.