Ernesto Valverde’s time at Barcelona seems to be drawing to an end, as the Catalans continue to underperform under the former Athletic Bilbao manager
The reigning La Liga holders suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Granada on Saturday night, which was their third consecutive league failure on the road this term (D1, L2).
Although Valverde urged his players to improve away from home, the Blaugrana looked toothless in attack and fragile at the back against the newcomers.
Waiting for Leo Messi to save the day (as usual), the Catalans have barely produced one shot on target against Granada, who used to be their ‘regular customer’ over the past nine years.
When Valverde doesn't do his job…— mx (@LeooMessi10i) September 22, 2019
Messi – coach, captain, leader, legend 👑 pic.twitter.com/FNCeG766pP
Now, according to Marca, Ernesto Valverde might be counting his last moments at the Camp Nou unless his side make something dramatic changes in the near future.
Barcelona have not only struggled to pick up a single win away from home in La Liga this term (D1, L2), but they’ve looked faceless in the final third, rarely troubling their rivals across those fixtures.
Pep : You Should Always Have a Plan B— Jayden 🔱 (@EliteXavi) September 22, 2019
Valverde : What if I don't Even have a Plan A pic.twitter.com/Rna4sL2LAq
Antoine Griezmann is yet to settle in while Luis Suarez seems well past his prime, which leaves Messi and the inexperienced Ansu Fati alone on the front.
Beating Villarreal at home in the upcoming league fixture might throw Valverde the last lifeline, but regardless of the outcome of that match, the Spaniard has to find a way to make the Catalans look dangerous and unbeatable again.