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Barca On A Downward Spiral?

BonganiDlamini17 06/29/2020

From 2008 to 2012 Barcelona won 14 titles under Pep Guardiola and it marked the most successful era in the club's history and did so with a squad full of La Masia graduates.

The La Masia produced the like of Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Puyol among others. The Blaugrana had a long term plan in place and it worked. It was becoming a norm for a youngster to be promoted to the first team and would go on to be a global star just like the mentioned players have done.

It now seems that the club has turned its back on the strategy that made them one of the most feared teams in world football. The Catalan side is now more focused on buying players than promoting from the club's academy. Over €1 billion has been spent on transfers since 2015 and most of the players bought have found it hard to fit in at the Camp Nou.

Philipe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann are two most notable high profile transfers recently signed that have struggled to hit the ground running in Catalonia.

The club's over reliance on Messi is taking its toll on the Argentine and opponents know that tightly marking the 6-time Ballon D'Or winner gives them a good chance of getting something out of a game.

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On Monday the club announced the departure of Arthur Melo to Juventus for €72 million and Miralem Pjanic going the other way for €60 million. This is a deal that surprised many in the football world given that Arthur is 6 years younger than the Bosnian. The deal makes no business sense as the club will find themselves having to replace Pjanic in less than 5 years and Juventus will still still be having a few years ahead of him.

It's not the first time that the club has done a strange deal as they were criticised for selling Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich in 2013. The Spaniard was viewed as the perfect replacement for Xavi.

The way things have been done at the Camp Nou have led to a gap between them and arch rivals Real Madrid who keep on improving the stewardship of Zinedine Zidane.

After a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo over the weekend, it leaves them 2 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid and face another tough challenge in the form of Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and they have to win to keep up hopes of defending their title.

With Madrid looking like they will not drop any points due to their good form, its likely that the title could head to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since 2017.

According to reports, the club are planning to sack head coach Quique Setién and the only thing that could save his job is if he wins the league title or the Uefa Champions League.

Something has to change at Barcelona and the way things are currently going, it is hard to see how the club will survive without Messi and he does not have too many years left on him.

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Source: opera.com
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