Barcelona are experiencing the kind of crisis that would make Arsene Wenger proud. Seemingly sailing towards another La Liga title, the Catalan club now face a mammoth task to fend off the challenge from both Atletico and Real Madrid.
A 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Sunday means they have collected just one point from their last four La Liga games, allowing Diego Simeone's men to draw level on points while Zinedine Zidane's outfit lie just one point further back.
In that time, they have also crashed out of the Champions League and now face the prospect of even finishing this season without a major trophy.
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Needless to say, the once feared MSN, made up of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, must find their magic touch soon if they are to reclaim their title. But it was only a week ago that the official Twitter account of Barcelona was confident enough to tweet this:
The easiest run-in? Well, Barcelona were the only one of the three leading teams to lose last weekend so they certainly have not got their "easy run-in" off to the best of starts. In fact, another loss or draw and the social media manager should surely look to delete this message double-quick.
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Some fans have already clocked on:
Slump in form
A 39-game unbeaten run had everyone gushing over Luis Enrique's Barcelona side. The superlatives were running out, people were calling this team the best ever, Messi had leapt so far in front of Cristiano Ronaldo that his chiselled abs were just a blurry, tanned figure in the background.
But Ronaldo himself clawed back some territory when he helped Real Madrid to a surprise 2-1 win over the Catalan club at the Camp Nou. It started a dramatic downward spiral that few could have predicted.
A 2-1 win over Atletico in the Champions League quarter-final went some way to recovering the damage, but they have since lost three games in a row - their worst run in nearly 13 years.
Turning up the heat
Manager Enrique looked strained after the Valencia match, turning on an unsuspecting journalist in the post-match press conference. Diario Gol reporter, Victor Malo, asked whether physical preparation had a part to play in the recent bad results.
Luis Enrique responded by saying: “What was your surname?”
When the journalist replied “Malo” –meaning “bad” in Spanish – the manager said: “Correct, next question.”
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