What Has Become of Barcelona?

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After Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, many people are questioning how the team that was so great under Pep Guardiola has been on a decline ever since and has now found itself in crisis.

Luis Enrique left £200m worth of talent on the bench for the game at the San Sebastian and even with Messi coming on at half-time to try to change the game they could find no way through the stubborn defence of Real Sociedad now under the guidance of David Moyes. Who himself has enhanced his reputation after this win.

There is also talk that star player Messi is unhappy after it was reported that he had a training ground spat with Enrique after the manager gave him, along with Neymar and Dani Alves 2 days off over Christmas ,only to be told that when they returned to training they wouldn’t be playing as they had not trained enough.

There are also severe problems off the field with Andoni Zubizbaretta getting the sack and his assistant, a club legend, Carlos Puyol, also terminating his contract. Criticism has been very high of the hierarchy at Barcelona with the signings being made the biggest critic among fans. Signings such as Vermalean, who is yet to play for the club, Douglas and not bringing in a long-term replacement for Puyol at centre-back have meant that they are far behind their rivals Real Madrid whose squad seems far superior.

With the court for arbitration upholding the ban on Barca signing any player for 2 transfer windows, until next January, the squad lacks real quality to be able to make a considerable fight for the La Liga title and Champions League. The youth system has also been criticised with the signing of illegal players and no major talents pushing to make the step up to the first team, there is a real change needed to be able to bring Barcelona back to their best, as they were under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

The question is what changes will come about now, in order for the club to improve, with real pressure being put on the Manger Luis Enrique and the President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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Cameron Sutcliffe-Downes
Aspiring Sports Journalist, also studying Sports Journalism. 18. Big Man City fan.
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