The words of Eminem would perfectly describe Barcelona's situation last season: "something's wrong, I can feel it". Barca were aware of a problem in their football but were unable to understand what it was. The problem is that one can't identify what is staring at them right in the face.
The footballing style of Barcelona has become old and worn out and even small teams in the La Liga like Real Valladolid are able to combat and beat tiki-taka as was showcased throughout last season.
But the signing of Luis Enrique and certain key squad changes show that Barcelona is ready to adapt and move on. A Barca protege, Enrique achieved substantial fame in charge at Celta Vigo for their attacking play, which was completely different to the Barcelona style that had become somewhat dull.
Departure of veterans
The release of veterans like Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes shows that the team is ready to blood new talent. The sale of Cesc Fabregas demonstrates that they will do whatever necessary to come back to the top. And the expected sale of Xavi, a man synonymous with Barca's style, will certainly show their readiness to change themselves completely in order to achieve success.
Youngsters must arrive
The signings of young influential players is key. The change in Barcelona must begin at the grassroots level. The signing of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Ivan Rakitic is a start but more players will be required for Barcelona's victory at the national and international level.
Barcelona need to understand that while this change is occurring, they must not lower the standards which they have set for themselves in the past. Even though the phase of transition might be long and hard, they must strive and aim for the La Liga and Champions League.
It is not that they lack potential. It's just that the method of utilising the potential in players like Neymar and Messi is now outdated. As Eminem said: "Why be a king,when you can be a God."
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