Barcelona frustrated by Slavia Prague at Nou Camp

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

For Czech club Slavia Prague, playing against Barcelona in a Champions League draw was already unforgettable.

Both sides had goals disallowed for offside after the video assistant referee (VAR) intervened, as first Jan Boril's close-range finish was ruled out, and then Arturo Vidal's finish was chalked off after Messi was penalised in the build-up.

Wenger's latest interest comes days after Bayern Munich chiefs sacked Niko Kovac following their shocking 5-1 Bundesliga defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

And Valverde said: "It's OK for people to demand (more)".

"They, without creating clear opportunities, caused danger when they stole the ball from us because they came out very fast against us (on the counter attack)". Slavia are bottom after claiming just two points from their opening four matches of the UCL campaign.

Valverde also wants Barcelona to bounce back from their European nightmare - starting with Saturday's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo.

"The other day we lost against Levante and we know this was not one of our best games either", Valverde said.

A frustrating evening for the Spanish champions was compounded by an injury to left-back Jordi Alba, who had to be substituted just after half-time.

Barcelona failed to score for the first time in 46 home games as they were held to a draw by Slavia Prague.

Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar put in one of the performances of his career at Camp Nou.

Added defender Gerard Pique: "I would ask for a little patience".

On Tuesday night Barcelona struggled to break down their Group F opponents and had to settle for a point to keep them top of the group. We can improve the play and the results but things aren't that bad.

"And every time they lose the ball, it looks like they will concede a goal on counterattack because they can not deal with pace against the opponent. the team lacks dynamic, lacks energy, lacks confidence, " the 60-year-old noted.

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