Valverde parked the bus against Napoli: even Griezmann was defending
- Ernesto Valverde is once again in the hot waters for his playing style.
- Griezmann found himself at the left-back position several times in the 2-1 Napoli win.
On Thursday's early morning, Barcelona faced Napoli for a friendly double-header in the United States. The Catalans won 2-1 but fans didn't like their playing style at all. They keep criticising Ernesto Valverde for his too cautious approach and defensive football.
It is true that Valverde parked the bus against the Serie A giants. Antoine Griezmann, for example, was spotted playing as a LEFT-BACK position several times. Just look at this picture. See where the Frenchman is?
The fans remain highly concerned by Ernesto Valverde's coaching abilities. They fear Barcelona could never win the Champions League again with this coach. Even the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and Neymar's potential return doesn't sound much optimistic.
Curiously, two goals against Napoli arrived from the midfielders, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. For the Croatian, it's already his second pre-season goal this summer. He also pulled one back in the 2-1 Chelsea defeat back in July.