FC Barcelona – La Liga Their umpteenth European disaster
It was another European disaster for Barcelona on Tuesday night, as they were thrashed 4-1 on their own turf by Paris Saint-Germain, confirming that they are no longer up there with the very best.
The defeat was a stark reality check for Barcelona who were beginning to build confidence after a good start to the year.
While a turn of positive form has been witnessed in recent weeks, when it comes to facing the top sides, Barcelona are still way off the pace.
Defeat to Juventus in the Champions League group stage, and league losses to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid as well as the recent Copa del Rey semi final defeat to Sevilla, illustrates just how far off the Catalans are.
What used to be an impenetrable fortress, the Camp Nou has now been witness to several thrashings. Just this season, defeats to Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG have seen the hosts concede ten goals, unthinkable in years gone by.
Kylian Mbappe did whatever he wanted against a fragile Barcelona backline, while the Blaugrana midfield struggled to slow the pace of the game down and gather some momentum.
Barcelona are looking at another trophyless season which would be certain to spark another inquisition like last campaign.
Although they are in a transitional period, with their youngsters still needing time to settle and their senior players simply not who they used to be, Barcelona desperately need to start taking steps in the right direction if they are to become competitive with the big boys once again.