Honestly, the biggest problems on the club (Barca) are the stalwarts from their historic run under Pep, including & most specifically La Pulga. Although blessed with once a generation type natural ability & talent, he wasn't ever the one that pushed his fitness or a gym rat. Once you get older, those natural abilities aren't conjured up easily. Its only the ones that work out regularly that can excel well as they get older.
There didn't seem to be a sense of urgency from the team yesterday. This has been a problem since Pep's last year. It was a stark contrast from what Celta was doing at Camp Nou. They were ready to run the minute the game started & stayed organized every moment each time Barca tried to take back momentum.
Gotta hand it to Eduardo Berizzo. Another fine La LIga manager. His Celta side has played well on the road this campaign notching draws at Atleti & Athletic.
Shoot, look at Ronnie. Again, can't stress enough how people need to see past the flash of this dude... He's a tireless worker on & off the pitch & it shows. One could also argue that part of Messi's magic hinged upon having a stellar midfield behind him with the likes of Xavi & Iniesta who were in their primes. Xavi is arguably the finest ever player from Spain.
Bara have talent/speed in the youth ranks. Next year, I'd like to see a midfield consisting of Masch in the holding role with Rakitic & Suarez rounding out the midfield. Iniesta, Rafa, & Busquets can be the reserves. I think Xavi will move on.
Plus I've expounded how much talent is in the youth ranks previously.
The one thing I don't trust is Zubi, Bartomeu, & this damn board...
@ dude still riding hard for Nani...