Ex-Barcelona coach, Johan Cruyff, has insisted criticism of Lionel Messi is ‘nonsense’ and blamed ‘catastrophic management errors’ as the reason for Barcelona’s downfall.
The dutch legend claims there has been no ‘coherent plan’ for years and the Barcelona board was under ‘bad influences’ from outside the dressing room.
“How can it be that Messi was uninterested (in the game against Atlético) if just 10 days ago in the Clásico he was extremely up for it and the best player on the pitch?
“He made everything happen, he scored three goals, he was in charge and played amazingly. It’s one thing or another, not both.
“And against Atleti, when he was supposedly so uninterested, he was Barcelona’s most dangerous player,” Cruyff told Croatian newspaper Jutarji list.
According to Cruyff, there has been a steadily downfall at Barcelona over the past years and it’s ‘no surprise’ the team hasn’t maintained the form of 2006 to 2011, when they won three Champions League trophies.
“Over the past four or five years there have been catastrophic errors in the management,” he added.
“There’s no coherent plan, no fixed rules.
“In a stable environment the team’s form should improve as the big games start coming along, and here that’s not happened.
“Everything is a consequence of influences from outside the dressing room, that’s where the problems start.”
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