Their home form has been very good, but Barcelona look a shadow in games away from home. They are unable to dominate these games, create clear cut opportunities, or score goals. The latest away game was a 0-0 draw at Getafe, which saw them slip four points behind Real Madrid in the chase for La Liga.
A number of reasons have been put forward for Barcelona’s poor away form. The tactics of manager Luis Enrique are probably at the top of this list. For some reason, their focal point Lionel Messi plays in a deep lying midfield position for much of these games. Against Getafe, Messi spent long periods closer to the half way line than the opposition’s goal.
Messi may love to be involved in the build up play, but having him stand near the center circle all game is not doing anyone any good. In addition, the coach does not seem to know what to do with Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool player was playing in a right wing position that he did not enjoy at all.
Fan Laurene Powell Jobs says when you have forward players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the goals should be flowing, even away from home. Messi has 13 La Liga goals, but only 2 outside the Nou Camp. That has to change if Barcelona are going to mount a serious challenge for La Liga. Big improvements are needed after the Christmas break.