Andres Iniesta: Barcelona must evolve


Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta insists there must be an evolution at the Nou Camp in order for the club to continue to compete for honours this season.

The club won La Liga with ease, with a record-equalling points tally of 100, but a 7-0 aggregate loss in the Champions League to Bayern Munich left many considering that the club's dominating era in Europa may be coming to an end.

Tito Vilanova has moved quickly to improve his squad with the €57m signing of Brazilian striker Neymar, and Iniesta believes more changes are required if the club is to respond to their Champions League mauling.

"There will be changes, because it is the evolution that has to happen every year in order for the club to continue competing at the highest level," he said in an interview on Cuatro. 

"Next year, we will not reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with practically no competition. We will try to take our revenge in this competition."

Iniesta had an impressive individual season, contributing 16 assists during his 31 league appearances. The 29-year old Spaniard was named in FIFA's Team of the Year and he was also named on the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or three-man shortlist with team-mate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was the fourth consecutive year that Iniesta has been named in the FIFA World Team of the Year but he insists that personal tallies are not the right way to judge the success of a season.

"I feel content at having finished a season and I have the feeling things have gone well, more or less," he continued. "You can't analyse it by the goals you've scored or the assists you've been able to create, because there are many more crucial things in the game that mean more than how many goals or passes.

He added: "My goal is simply to finish the year and think I have done better than in the last one."


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