Ex-United regular speaks out on why Barcelona aren’t the team they used to be.
Former Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed that he believes Barcelona are a shadow of their old selves because they are bored, as reported in his column with the Independent.
Scholes, who faced the Catalan giants in a one-sided Champions League Final encounter in 2010/11, described the side under Pep Guardiola as “soul destroying” but believes they are nowhere near being that good anymore.
“I watch Barça as much as I can on television, and this was just a snapshot of their season so far, but for much of the game I felt they were a ghost of the side they had once been,” he said.
“They still pass the ball relentlessly, but that old drive and tempo are not nearly as urgent.
“The breathtaking speed and penetration have gone. They won the game in injury time but even in those final stages they hardly created chances.”
And he even went on to claim that some of the team members don’t live up to their responsibilities in the way that they should.
“When I try to find a way of summarising the attitude of the team, and of some longer-serving individuals, I keep alighting on the word “bored”,” he added.
“It is not meant to sound flippant, but it just seems the most accurate way to describe the way the team seem to treat the style of football that once made them the best side on the planet.”
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