Barcelona, dubbed the best team in the world for the last five years, have recently been on catastrophic form, and some are already calling it “the end of an era”. But that is overreacting in my view, as there are many reasons why Barca could be on bad form: their coach, Tito Vilanova has been in New York getting treatment for his relapse of cancer and Barca’s bad form started when he left. It could be that they are fatigued as they have played three games in the last week. It could be that the opposition teams can too easily predict how they will play.
But it is most likely a combination of all of them, and once Tito is back and they sign somebody like Brazilian star Neymar or on form Gareth Bale to mix up their style of play a bit, the problem could be resolved. Still, there are doubts about that too, as shown when Barca brought on David Villa to add to their points of attack against Real Madrid, but the substitution failed to make an impact. So that brings up the question, is it really an end of an era, or just a bad streak in in a sensational run?
It is almost positively just a bad run, and with their vulnerable defense getting pounded by counterattacking teams like AC Milan in Barca’s 2-0 loss at the San Siro, despite Barca dominating possession, it is most likely that they need to mix up their style and the addition of Gareth Bale or Neymar could be the perfect fit for them.
They are currently top of the La Liga table, but are out of the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. They also are most likely out of the Champions League after losing to 2-0 AC Milan in the first leg of their tie.