There are few occasions over the last decade or so when a Barcelona player can justifiably complain about a poor team performance.
The 22-time La Liga champions have long been the kings of Spain albeit with resistance from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to some extent, so, naturally, anything but a win is considered failure.
That perhaps influences why Barcelona have suffered just seven league losses during the previous three seasons, though they are fast losing ground to Los Blancos at this early stage of the title race.
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Luis Enrique’s men are currently six points off the pace in second position, but the quality of their recent displays is arguably the more pressing concern.
After being somewhat fortunate to leave a trip to Real Sociedad with a point on Sunday, Gerard Pique has unleashed a scathing assessment of the display his teammates produced.
The Spain international, as per the Daily Mail, told Movistar Plus: “It's not often I can say this as a Barca player but we have to be pleased with the draw. Sometimes you can win a game while losing your style of play but when you don't have the right attitude it's more worrying.
“Almost nothing went right for us today. They outdid us in the quality of their play and in attitude.
“We barely existed in the first half and improved a bit in the second but it's difficult to win the league playing like this.”
The Catalan giants have slipped to two disappointing results in their five fixtures – namely being a goalless draw with Malaga at home followed by this weekend’s outing in San Sebastian.
Enrique echoed what Pique had to say about the display, going as far as to say it was worst he has seen in his two-year tenure as head coach.
“This is the first time I've seen a team walk all over us since I became coach but it's excessive to say the league is lost after week 13,” he said.
“We have to start to improve. This is the worst game of our time here but I'm sure we'll see a different Barca in the Clasico.”
El Clasico takes place at the Nou Camp on Sunday 4 December in what could be – and almost always is – a crucial fixture in this year’s battle for the La Liga crown.
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