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Barcelona's goalless draw showed a team lacking the flavour that made them famous... but why are the star-studded attack failing and will fans get their wish to see Ernesto Valverde sacked this month? On Tuesday, Ernesto Valverde looked like a manager in his last month of service Barcelona made such hard work of finding a way through Slavia Prague at home This season is shaping up to be one of under-achievement at the Nou Camp Barcelona seemed reduced to pinning all their hopes on Lionel Messi on Tuesday

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 09:36 GMT, 9 November 2019 | Updated: 09:36 GMT, 9 November 2019

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It's no secret that Ernesto Valverde is in his final season as Barcelona coach – waiting to be replaced at the end of the campaign by Ronald Koeman or even by current Ajax coach Erik ten Hag or River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo.

But on Tuesday night – and not for the first time this season – he looked like a manager in his last month of service, not his last year. Frustrated on the touchline he crouched and grimaced as Barcelona made such hard work of finding a way through Slavia Prague.

He is not in his last month. Barcelona remain top of La Liga and top of their Champions League group and Valverde will almost certainly see out the season but last season's are rarely great and this one is shaping up to be one of under-achievement.

On Tuesday, Ernesto Valverde looked like a manager in his last month of service at Barcelona

On Tuesday, Ernesto Valverde looked like a manager in his last month of service at Barcelona

In the draw against Slavia Prague, it seemed Barcelona pinned all their hopes on Lionel Messi

In the draw against Slavia Prague, it seemed Barcelona pinned all their hopes on Lionel Messi

Will Barcelona supporters get their wish to see their manager sacked this month?

Will Barcelona supporters get their wish to see their manager sacked this month? 

LAST FIVE RESULTS 

Nov 5: Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Prague

Nov 2: Levante 3-1 Barcelona

Oct 29: Barcelona 5-1 Real Valladolid

Oct 23: Slavia Prague 1-2 Barcelona

Oct 19: Eibar 0-3 Barcelona 

In his post-match interview after Barcelona drew 0-0 on Tuesday, Gerard Pique said that Slavia Pragues's high defensive line had caught Barcelona out. Did Valverde and his coaching staff not study the Czech champs away from home? Was that not a startling admission of a lack of preparation.

During his damning deconstruction of Barcelona's performance as a television pundit, Arsene Wenger used one phrase that will have rang true with most of the club's supporters.

After pointing out that they play 'like a team in crisis' and that there is 'no dynamic' and that they are 'too slow', he said that in the last

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