The 90's saw Johan Cruyff's 'dream team', spearheaded by Romario and Hristo Stoichkov. No one at the time thought a Barcelona team could improve on them.
Then along came one of Cruyff's own players, Pep Guardiola, who's Lionel Messi-inspired side became the 'tiki-taka' legends, securing a first treble for the club along the way.
Perfection in perspective
Everyone thought Pep had achieved perfection at Barcelona. His emphasis on youth players and possession style of football was so successful that many Barca fans thought that the side would simply never improve.
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Three years on from the Guardiola era it has become apparent that yet another great Barcelona side is being moulded, and the new manager’s ambition could make them the best yet.
In no way am I criticising Guardiola's ambition at the club, he displayed regular masterclasses in tactics and brought us some of the finest players we have ever seen from the famous 'La Masia'. However, Luis Enrique's ambition and vision of the club is something totally new and refreshing, and could elevate the club even further.
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No longer do Barcelona obsess over possession, nor are they focused on scoring the perfect goal; Enrique has simply moulded them into serial winners. His ambitious streak has added several new dimensions to one of the most brutal attacking machines ever seen in football.
They now utilise the long ball with the addition of Luis Suarez, and the front three use the counter-attack arguably better than any attacking trio ever assembled.
Enrique's ambition is the main reason the 'MSN' are so efficient. He never let Lionel Messi's stature at the club deter him from his ambitions and, despite the pair having a slight disagreement, Messi is now in the form of his life because of it.
However, Enrique's ambitious streak has not simply ended after his unbelievable debut season at the Nou Camp; he wants to create a dynasty at the club. Despite their so labelled 'transfer ban', the club have been highly active and have already sealed deals for Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan.
They won't be eligible until January, but it is clear that Enrique wants world-class depth in his squad to compete on all fronts. The interest in Paul Pogba is also something that speaks volumes of the kind of mentality Enrique's personality has created at the club.
The most-sought after player in world football seems destined to wear the famous Catalonian colours and his talents would add yet another dimension to Enrique's already diverse Barcelona side.
Substance over style
Enrique is not focused on solely playing the 'beautiful game', he wants success and he is prepared to use different systems and acquire the best players the world has to offer. Guardiola's philosophy was a dying art to some extent, but now Barcelona are revitalised and more dangerous than ever.
Enrique's ambition is infectious and I can only see Barcelona improving in the near future, a frightening thought indeed for their challengers.
Football fans, could this Barcelona side be the best ever? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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