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They suggested as much in the BT game lead-up.  A clique who play the way they want, even if it doesn't work any longer since they're all getting older.
Definitely looks that way. Some strange transfer decisions haven't helped either. They signed Griezmann and de Jong and Setien doesn't seem to know where to play them. They haven't looked solid at the back since Puyol retired, and some of their attempts to play out from the back tonight were comical.
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Xavi has been touted as a possible replacement, but it looks a tough gig for a rookie boss as there are a handful of senior players who are now past there prime. Luis Enrique should be high up the list, but will probably be overlooked again. Pochettino is still unemployed but he won't be as highly thought of as he was this time last year.

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21 minutes ago, The DA said:

Barca desperately need Pep back in charge.  If Messi is worth £100M, Guardiola's got to be double that.

They need an overhaul in general - as well as a manager. If there is a clique, they need rid of it.

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They've been in decline for a few years now at this level. Their eliminations in recent years have come at the hands of a 4-0 defeat at Anfield, 3-0 defeat in Rome and a 3-0 defeat to Juventus. At the top level away from the Nou Camp they are pathetic. No leadership and an insistence on playing a style of football that they no longer have the players to play. Defensively they were never great, but the worse they are going forward, and the less effective their passing, the more exposed the defence has become, the likes of Pique and Semedo tonight were abysmal.

Since 2015 when they last won it they've lost Iniesta, Xavi, Alves, Neymar, Mascherano. Mascherano is the only one they have replaced with anything like the same standard of player. And the ones they still have - Pique, Messi, Busquets, Suarez, Alba and Rakitic are all 32/33 and well past their best, although Messi is still fantastic.

Really interested to see how they go from here. Whatever they do it's not going to be a quick or easy fix.

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3 minutes ago, Scotty Tunbridge said:

I know money talks but do people really think Pochettino would go to Barca given his history with Espanyol?

Makes it easier that Espanyol are in the Segunda, but it will still be a tough sell I would have thought.

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12 minutes ago, Scotty Tunbridge said:

I know money talks but do people really think Pochettino would go to Barca given his history with Espanyol?

He's publicly said he'd never manage them. Personally, I'd never like to see him go back on his word. 

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