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Barcelona must adapt to stay on top

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Barcelona are firm believers of their attacking, dynamic and creative style of play.

Through defeat at the hands of Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and most recently Bayern Munich, they stick by their philosophy and continue to raise their starlets from their famous footballing academy, 'La Masia'.

In the past they were once deemed invincible by pundits and critics, fast-forward to present day and Barcelona face a monumental task of defending their La Liga crown and dethroning Bayern Munich as champions of Europe.

They have taken the first step towards change through the purchase of Neymar, which shows their desire to end the dependency on four-time Ballon d'or winner Lionel Messi.

They now utilise Cesc Fabregas as partner to Andres Iniesta due to the age of legendary midfielder Xavi Hernandez, which has forced him to slow down and rest as he is now a shadow of the youthful midfield maestro that first appeared for Barcelona from 1998 onwards.

They have now begun negotiations with Chelsea over defender David Luiz, who Barcelona consider a long-term replacement for ageing captain Carles Puyol, whose career has recently been halted by injuries to the knees, cheekbone, a dislocated shoulder and various surgeries.

The question that remains to be asked though, despite all this ongoing change, is it enough?

Their rivals have begun to approach them with a quick, high-pressure, attacking style of their own which has proven to work with good effect, despite Barcelona's best efforts to keep them at bay.

They were outclassed on numerous occasions which, considering the class of players they have at their disposal, is a point that cannot be stressed enough.

Barcelona need to tweak their approach, making slight changes which can go a long way to improving their chances of victory.

The first step would be to improve on fitness - the demanding physical nature of their rivals style of play obviously took its toll on them as they clearly had no answer to it.

The second would be to add a more defensive full-back who can cover as the combination of Dani Alves and Jordi Alba has left too many gaps in their defence.

And finally, Gerardo Martino should purchase of a strong, physically fit defender who can partner Gerard Pique in what might be the greatest Barcelona team that ever existed.

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