RIO FERDINAND SLAMS BARCELONA PLAYERS
Rio Ferdinand has slammed Barcelona after their heavy defeat by Juventus, branding half of the team as unfit to wear the club’s shirt.
The former Manchester United star claimed Barca’s players have no desire to defend after they were picked apart during a 3-0 defeat in Turin in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Yes [they need some new players],” Ferdinand said to BT Sport.
“There are a lot of players here who could not have got into this Barcelona team three years ago. Too many names to mention.
“There are five or six in this team who shouldn’t even be putting on the shirt because the way that they played, the intensity and the quality is not on the same planet
“Defensively they don’t look like they have any individuals in there who want to defend and collectively they are not doing it.
“This team don’t press like they did under Pep Guardiola. I know it is a different manager [Luis Enrique] but they did [do it under him] for a little period of time. These guys look like they don’t have any idea or desire to press.
Barca were able to overturn their tie against PSG with an incredible 6-1 second-leg win at Camp Nou, but Ferdinand cannot see them doing the same against Juve.
“They got out of jail last time but I think that card has been used up,” added Ferdinand.
“I don’t think they will get another chance. The difference between this Juventus side and the Paris Saint-Germain side is experience. This is an experienced, well-drilled, well-groomed Juventus side.