Barcelona are ‘in a lot of trouble’ and Lionel Messi is irreplaceable says ex-Camp Nou ace Bolo Zenden, who discusses fallout of Paris Saint-Germain defeat February 17, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Former Barcelona winger Bolo Zenden believes the club are in ‘a lot of trouble’ and says Lionel Messi will be impossible to replace should he leave in the summer.
Kylian Mbappe ran riot at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night with a stunning hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain thumped Barcelona 4-1 in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.
In what was their 151st home match in the European Cup/Champions League, Barcelona have now lost consecutive games for the very first time.
But their woes deepen a lot further than that, with Ronald Koeman’s men eight points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of LaLiga – having played a game more than the leaders.
And Zenden doesn’t envisage things changing any time soon – unless drastic improvements are made on and off the field.
“Within Barcelona there’s a lot of trouble,” Zenden told Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast. “There’s a lot of politics and talk about new ownership, and players that aren’t fitting in.
“All of these teams have this type of pressure, but it’s definitely different when you’re top of the league and winning all your games.
“We also have the problem with the pandemic – like many teams – there is so much debt at the club.
“They’ve not been able to repeat what they’ve done in recent years and this has definitely affected the team on the pitch.”
Messi’s Camp Nou future also remains up in the air, with the Argentine in the final year of his contract having attempted to engineer a move away from the club last summer.
A number of European giants have been linked with Messi’s signature, including Manchester City and Barca’s recent tormentors PSG.
“It’s such a big loss if he leaves or if he quits football,” added Zenden. “How can you replace that?
“We’ve seen in the past when Barca have had difficulties, it’s always Messi who can get them out of trouble.
“It’s not happening that often anymore. It’s not like Messi can do everything on his own; he still needs his teammates to help.
“At the moment they just lack a bit of quality and experience.
“Messi isn’t done and dusted – and nor are Barcelona – but they’re just not bringing the same level that they’re capable of.”