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The Top Teams That Have Lost Their Fear Factor In Recent Times

Ever wondered why the big teams continue to stay big, many times it doesn't just revolve around the club's financial strength or quality of players, but on their level of consistency and confidence on the pitch. When a team develops a certain culture of winning even with the odds against them, they become a threat to others who most times would concede defeat before the start of the match, this is called the fear factor.

Naturally, this factor ought to be a common characteristic of every top team in world football, but over the years owing to a number of changes, it has diminished among a number of top teams who are no longer threatening as they used to be. Here in this article, I will be sharing with you three top teams that have lost their fear factor in recent times;

1- Arsenal

There was a period when the Gunners were a force to reckon with within and outside of England especially during the early days of Arsene Wenger. With players like Theirry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrice Vieira, Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, to name but a few, Arsenal were a big deal in Europe. However, since their 2004 invincibility, things hasn't been flourishing with the club as they have struggled to achieve major silverwares.

They have gone from a team in the top four, to a mid-table side having finished in eight position in the past two seasons. Moreso, it is not just their inability to win major honours that is the problem, it is the mediocrity and the inconsistency that has riddle the squad. Gone are the days when the Red contingent of North London were a threat, today they are a challenge that every team wants to overcome.

2- Manchester United

The struggles of Manchester United after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson eight years ago cannot be overemphasized. In the days of the Scottish, the task of beating the Red Devils was an extremely tough one if not impossible and that's why the club enjoyed so much success during his era. However, things have since fallen apart and even with the quality of players at Old Trafford, sustaining a winning mentality seems like a herculean task. Four years without a silverware and frequent defeats at the hands of weaker teams is a clear indication of how United have gone behind in recent times.

3- Barcelona

As difficult as this maybe for many to accept, but the fear factor that was once prevalent at Barcelona has since disappeared especially with the departure of Lionel Messi and the club's inability to sign players. The Camp Nou side are now facing an uphill task to qualify from their Champions league group stage and with plenty of young inexperienced players in their squad, teams now play more confidently against them.

While Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona may not lose their place among the top teams in world football, there's still a lot of work to be done in order for them to regain the fear factor they once enjoyed.

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