It's been a very strange season for Barcelona.
While the club are on course for a domestic double and are currently unbeaten in 39 La Liga games - a Spanish record - doubts have still been cast over the current side.
Ernesto Valverde's first season has seen the Blaugrana shored up defensively, but a lot of the exciting, dominant performances from the Pep Guardiola era have gone.
And, they're also overly-reliant on Lionel Messi. Without the Argentine superstar, the La Liga title race would be a whole lot more interesting.
However, even Messi couldn't stop Barca from experiencing serious Champions League humiliation at the hands of Roma, with Barca surrendering a three-goal lead in the Italian capital.
That result only added to the doubts many have of this Barca side, with many criticising Valverde's pragmatic tactics.
There were even suggestions that senior players at the club were unhappy with the current situation and Catalan publication Sport have reported exactly what they changed.
Per Sport Witness, Barca's captains - Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets - have actually expressed sympathy with Valverde after the Roma defeat, stating that they believe the 'reserves' are not pulling their weight.
A source close to the players is quoted as saying: “Now, when they look at the bench, they do not accuse the coach, they even pity him for the few solutions he has.”
Most of Barca's biggest names have had to play virtually every game this season due to the lack of contribution from the rest, with tiredness and fatigue clearly impacting their form.
Apparently the senior players are even encouraging the club to spend big on players that could see them edged out a little, as they feel an injection of quality is needed that badly.
The whole situation screams of poor investment in recent transfer windows.
Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Nelson Semedo, Yerry Mina, Aleix Vidal, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan have all been uninspiring purchases in recent years, while big-money arrivals Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have not lived up to expectations yet.
And with Iniesta closing in on a summer move to China, the onus will be on the Barca board to sign players that will instantly hit the ground running.
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