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Barcelona are not really in crisis

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Barcelona were beaten in Wednesday's final.
Barcelona were beaten in Wednesday's final..

After losing the Copa Del Rey final to rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona - who trail Atlético by four points in La Liga - look likely to end the current season trophy-less.

With this disaster compounded by their the transfer ban, many predict a difficult forthcoming few months for the Catalan outfit.

Admittedly, they have lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2003 and have not been performing anywhere near their best in recent games. However are Barcleona truly near being in crisis? Perhaps not.

They narrowly lost the final to a great Gareth Bale goal that proved to be the only difference between two excellent teams. Barcelona dominated possession and although they looked clueless at times, they patiently waited for their chances.

Had Neymar equalized in the 90th minute and Barça won the match in extra time, everything would be so much different. Nevertheless, it didn't prove to be the case.

In the Champions League, they lost to a well-organised and energetic Atlético side 2-1 on aggregate which is not particularly bad. Just because they got beaten does not mean that its the end, they simply got beaten by a side who were better on the day.

These couple of results should not spell the end for a great Barça side, rather it should only notify fans that they are human.

After all, if we look at their other results this season, we realise that they beat Real Madrid (twice), AC Milan and Manchester City. They continue to dominate possession (which people no longer appreciate) each game and defeat their opponents with attractive football.

Los Culés have a very strong team, despite it consisting of ageing stars such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Adriano, Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves. They also have potential stars in Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha whose return means that, even with the transfer embargo, Barcleona could have no problems at all.

Overall, they have an excellent squad with world-class players who can still perform at the highest stage and a dramatic story about their "fall from grace" should not be told every time they succumb to defeat. Yes, at times they look desperately in need of a plan B but even without one, they have won much silverware and that will likely continue in the near future.

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