Barcelona dressing room in ‘tense situation’

Barcelona’s dressing room had a ‘tense’ discussion following their victory at Slavia Prague in the Champions League this week.

The Blaugrana scraped to a deeply unconvincing 2-1 victory at the Czech side on Wednesday, with an own goal winning the game for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

The Spanish champions are top of their tough Champions League group with seven points from their opening three matches, but their performances once again have not convinced.

Now a report in Marca claims that discussions between the players after the game were tense and many made the point that they would not win the competition playing at this standard.

The report cites shot-stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as saying after the game: “I think we need to talk about some things.

“I won't say it here because it's more internal. It's not my thing, I'd like to speak to the players who were on the pitch first.”

The club’s harrowing exits from the competitions against Roma and then Liverpool in recent versions of the competition are said to still be in the minds of many of the Barca players.

Barcelona have not appeared in the final of the Champions League since their 2015 triumph over Juventus, and have lifted the competition just once across the past eight seasons.