They lack a real leader in the team like Carles Puyol. Messi is not a good leader and shouldn’t be in the first place especially when they fizzle out in enthusiasm after the first 15 minutes of the game. Rejuvenated, high-spirited, motivated and confident Bayern were too much for Barcelona when their tactics were essentially Messi-and-inshallah. The team looked lost, unenthusiastic, and seemed as if they were Espanyol.
In their last 5 eliminations from the CL, the only match in which Messi wasn’t dreadful/average at best was Liverpool in 18/19. In fact bar 18/19 I cannot think of a single great individual performance against a big team in the cl knockouts since they won it. Even in the remontada Neymar and Suarez were better.
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