Barcelona turmoil laid bare during drinks break vs Atletico Madrid

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and there cannot be many finer examples of this than when analysing a photo taken in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

During a drinks break at the Nou Camp we can see the players of Atletico huddled together, receiving instructions from Diego Simeone and looking like a team ready to go to war.

The Barcelona players, on the other hand, are separate, lost in their own thoughts, less a team than a group of individuals who have become totally disillusioned and ill at ease with each other.

And that is the essence of what is going wrong at the club at the moment.

Barring a dramatic turn of events the La Liga title appears to have fallen through Barcelona's grasp, with the side now a point behind Real Madrid having played a game more.

But beyond the lack of silverware there are much more pressing concerns going on behind the scenes at the club.

Their manager Quique Setien appears to be under increasing pressure, and there are reports that he and his players were involved in a furious row after the 2-2 draw with struggling Celta Vigo, with a number of them questioning his tactics.

One of Setien's major problems is that he has not found a way to get the best out of Antoine Griezmann, with the French forward having failed to score or create an assist in La Liga since December.

Griezmann's own brother hit out at Setien on social media after he only brought the player on for two minutes against Atletico, with Theo Griezmann tweeting: "Honestly, I am going to cry."

But can Setien really be to blame for everything that is going wrong, given the farcical nature of things going on off the pitch?

The deal to essentially swap the talented Arthur Melo for 30-year-old Miralem Pjanic is one that has caused some confusion for Barcelona fans, with #BartomeuOut trending on Twitter in Spain on Monday with reference to the club's president.

There seems to be a power struggle going on behind the scenes, with the imperious Lionel Messi having already spoken out a number times against those on the board.

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It is not clear where Barcelona go from here, but sacking Setien is surely not the answer, given that he has only had until January to stamp his mark on the team.

One thing is for sure… there needs to be some soul searching before their game against Villarreal on Sunday, otherwise the end of their season could go out with less of a whimper and more of a bang.

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