Rivaldo tells Barcelona to ‘wake up’ and fix miserable form… as the Nou Camp icon admits fears his former club could FAIL to qualify for next season’s Champions League
- Barcelona’s 2019-20 woes have crept into the new season, sitting ninth in La Liga
- They were crushed 3-0 by Juventus, losing top spot in their European group
- Nou Camp legend Rivaldo is concerned Barca may struggle in the last-16
- He has urged Ronaldo Koeman’s side to ‘wake up’ to stop things getting ‘uglier’
Barcelona’s miserable form has Nou Camp icon Rivaldo worried, with the Brazilian instructing Lionel Messi and Co to ‘wake up’.
The Catalans looked to have Group G wrapped-up before Tuesday’s Champions League fixture, where Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus steaming into the last-16 with a valuable advantage over an uninspiring Barcelona.
Piling on the the hurt, a 2-1 defeat to Cadiz last weekend has left them ninth in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona are in danger of enduring another disastrous season after a poor start to 2020-21
Juventus eased to a 3-0 victory at the Nou Camp, setting Barca up for a tough last-16 draw
Ronald Koeman is coming under pressure from the Catalan press, as they sit ninth in La Liga
With all the other favourites for this season’s Champions League topping their groups, Barca are likely to face a difficult draw – and Rivaldo has seen nothing to suggest they’re ready for the likes of PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
‘For now, I’m not seeing Barcelona producing enough football to fight for the Champions League title this season,’ Rivaldo told Betfair.
‘But things can change if they manage to knock-out a strong opponent in the last-16 as it would boost their confidence.
‘With stronger and more solid teams in the competition at the moment, Ronald Koeman’s job will be to improve Barcelona by February to give them a real chance to fight in the last-16.’
Nou Camp legend Rivaldo is concerned for Barca’s Champions League prospects in 2020-21
‘If they keep under-performing then (failing to finish top-four) is a real possibility. The team isn’t playing well, and things are getting uglier.
‘It’s crucial that they wake up as soon as possible and get back to producing good performances and results.’
Barca are facing a period of transition, with a presidential election set for January 24 after the unpopular Josep Bartomeu resigned in October.
The squad are also unsettled by the uncertain future of the club’s greatest ever player, with Lionel Messi days from entering the final six months of his deal.
Barca have a lot of work to do before they will start winning in Spain and in Europe once more
With the fans hurting, a turnaround is vital if Koeman is to save himself from the sack in his dream job.
‘Every Barcelona supporter is hoping for a turn of events that puts the club back where it belongs,’ Rivaldo added.
‘If that doesn’t happen, a lot of pressure will be put on the players and especially Koeman.
‘The Catalonian press is starting to criticise the manager more and if things don’t start improving, he might be one of the first to leave.’
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