Cristiano Ronaldo had a nice time on his return to Camp Nou as Juventus thrashed Barcelona 3 nil to end up as winners of their UEFA Champions League group.
This didn’t go down well with Barcelona stars like Antoine Griezmann
and Marc-Andre ter Stegen who criticized the team’s performance against the Serie A giants.
The Old Ladies got the needed 3 points on Tuesday night with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two penalties, and Weston McKennie scoring from a bicycle kick.
The result saw both sides finish level on points in the group although Juventus edged it with a superior head-to-head advantage having lost 2 nil to Barcelona at Turin and won 3 nil at Camp Nou.
This was a major setback for Barcelona this season as their form in La Liga has also left much to be desired. It can be recalled that they lost 2:1 to newly-promoted Cadiz away from home in La Liga last weekend.
The Catalans currently sit 9th in La Liga with 4 losses in 10 La Liga games although they have a game in hand. They currently trail league leaders Atlético Madrid by 12 points.
Juventus outclassed Barcelona on the night in all departments and the players in question couldn’t hide their feelings after the game.
“We were not good enough, they over-ran us in the first half, we lacked everything,” Antoine Griezmann told Movistar. “A lack of attitude, desire, wanting to run, defending, attacking, everything was bad.”
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Dutch goalkeeper Ter Stegen didn’t hold back his criticism of the side, saying: “There are two things, one thing is individual mistakes, and the other is how the team defends, these are different things.
“Right now teams can score against us in any given moment. This is very tough, we need to come out of this, and work very hard.”
Meanwhile, it was a different case in the Juventus camp as Leonardo Bonucci praised the togetherness of the Old Ladies during the game.
“When you have this desire to sacrifice yourself and an infallible sniper, like Ronaldo, you are sure you can win these matches,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.
“As we showed in the derby (win over Torino), if we play with this desire, we bring home the results we want. The next step is to do this in all our games.”
The Catalans will have the chance to bounce back when they return to action in La Liga against Levante on Sunday night, although nothing is cast in stone for a Barca side that are out of sorts. Juventus will also return to Serie A action against Genoa on Sunday.
The question remains! Can Ronald Koeman survive the entire season at Barcelona with these poor performances? We wait!