Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was their man-of-the-match and it says much about the total dysfunction of the Camp Nou club

When Barcelona play and their best player is the goalkeeper, it is always going to raise eyebrows. But Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s performance against Dynamo Kiev helped to paper over severe tactical deficiencies.

Yes, Dynamo Kiev’s 18-year-old goalkeeper had a night to remember of his own, producing 12 saves including superb stops from Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele and on another evening Barca could have had more than the two goals they managed.

But that’s almost irrelevant to how the structure of Barcelona is, at the moment, failing.

Gerard Pique is quicker across the ground than many people give him credit for, but it’s no secret that he’s not anywhere near as quick as he used to be. 

And in a back four where Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba are auxiliary wingers, it leaves Pique and his defensive partner brutally exposed on transitions every time. Continue readjng

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