The Catalan club have endured a difficult season as they have repeatedly failed in their attempts to catch Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, and they have had to contend with persistent rumours in the Spanish press regarding the futures of coach Frank Rijkaard and star player Ronaldinho.
On Saturday, Barca let slip a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to 13th-placed Real Betis and dropped to third in the table, seven points behind Madrid.
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