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Barcelona: A ship without a captain

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Roura has led Barcelona in Vilanova's absence (©GettyImages)
Roura has led Barcelona in Vilanova's absence (©GettyImages).

Barcelona's Champions League comeback against AC Milan proves that their European dominance is not a thing of the past. 

But it still leaves some questions on the table: was this turnaround the making of Tito Vilanova's assistant Jordi Roura? Was he able to motivate and lead his team to victory? Or did Barcelona only rally from behind because of the team's world-class ability?

When Barcelona lost three straight games, including two against their old rivals Real Madrid, we were all certain the tables had been turned. 

Lionel Messi was no longer the greatest football player around; Barcelona's tiki-taka was an old fashioned and dated style, while Real Madrid, despite the gap between the two clubs in La Liga, were the new kings in town. 

But their thunderous win over Milan leaves the culés wondering if Barcelona are back to their best. 

The truth is Pep Guardiola left a hole in the team. His leading of the team and knowledge of Catalunia's spirit made him one of the greatest manager's around - and even when his assistant, Vilanova, took charge of the team, Barcelona was never as exciting as they used to be under Pep's watch. 

Even though this lack of eagerness, they were still able to dominate this season's La Liga. But with Roura, the assistant's assistant, Barcelona is clearly a ship without a captain. The team lacks motivation and the defensive discipline of other times and, to top it off, players like Carles Puyol, Daniel Alves and Victor Valdés are far away from their prime. 

Barca have already conceded more goals this season than usual and they also tend to rely more on Messi's genius to solve games.

Despite being on the top of the league and on the road to become, yet again, European champions, I believe a major renovation is in store for Barcelona's squad.

 

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