By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 09:36 GMT, 9 November 2019 | Updated: 09:36 GMT, 9 November 2019
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
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?
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