Barca Better Panic, Revamp Needed And Fast

After crashing out of the Champions League earlier this week, Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin sees that only a revamp can save the Catalans the blushes


So there will be no Spanish club in the Champions League final this season.

This despite the fact that there were two in the last four - Real Madrid and Barcelona, but they were dumped by German clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively.

This is the first time that two German clubs will be playing against each other in the final of this elite European competition.

Good for Bundesliga. Good luck to Dortmund and Bayern and their fans.

Early prediction?

Bayern to win with due respect to Dortmund as the free-scoring German champions are too hot to handle at the moment.

Meanwhile, frustrated Real and Barca fans must wait for next season and see whether their respective teams can bounce back and challenge for honours, yet again.

Real have won nine European titles, with the last one way back in the 2001-2002 season while Barca have won four times with the last one in 2010/11.

Los Blancos fans should not have much complaints by the manner in which they were bundled out as Jose Mourinho's men managed to get a 2-0 win over Dortmund in the return leg semi-finals at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Real even gave Dortmund some anxious moments late in the match on Tuesday via good attacking display and great determination.

The only thing is that Real could have done better in the first leg in Dortmund where they were beaten 4-1. Thus sadly losing 4-3 on aggregate.

This is not the case for Barca, though.

After that 4-0 crushing defeat in the first leg in Munich last week, Barca suffered yet another blow at home on Wednesday when they lost 3-0.

Thus that amazing 7-0 aggregate win for Bayern.

Barca fans at Nou Camp were stunned as their beloved team were outplayed in every department. Their faces were painted with so much frustration which rarely happened at the gigantic stadium. 

Barca president Sandro Rosell, perhaps to cool things down, insists no rash decisions will be made after the humbling by Bayern.

"We’ll evaluate at the end of the season. What we have to do now is to support the players and stand by their side until the end of the season. Once the season comes to an end there will be time to make decisions," said Rosell.

"We have to focus on Primera Liga, we haven’t won it yet. We have to work towards achieving this goal."


They must focus on the Primera Liga as it will be a disaster or a big sin if Barca can't win the title with that 11-point gap over Real.

But then again, like I had written in this column last week, there are things to be remedied if Barca want to remain a force in both the domestic and European scenes.

The defence has been a major problem. Nowadays it is hard to see Barca finishing a match without conceding a goal, even against lowly opponents.

The regular centrebacks are Gerard Pique and veteran in the 35-year-old Carles Puyol, who is now sadly injury-prone.

The 26-year-old Pique, who scored a comical own goal on Wednesday, has been struggling to find his form since losing it last season. He must find solutions to regain it.

With Puyol suffering injuries,  28-year-old Argentina international Javier Mascherano has been 'transformed' into a centreback.

Mascherano barely scrapped through when playing this new role. But now he is also injured and did not play against Bayern.

Oh yes... they need a quality goalkeeper as well in case the inconsistent Victor Valdes leaves. 

Barca must not waste time in their hunt for at least two quality centrebacks to be signed up considering the situation they are in.

If they don't do it in a hurry and they may just end up with above average players as the best have already been taken.

Remember former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who is a flop?

And it is always difficult to find a quality defender nowadays.

The Catalans need to sign up a quality attacking midfielder as well - just in case of injury to either Andres Iniesta or the ageing Xavi.

Barca also need another quality and prolific striker - one who can instill fear to opponents - as a cover for Messi who has been playing non-stop all this while until the recent injury.

The current attackers like David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and even Pedro have not been scoring that regularly.

Rosell, at the same time, also backed Tito Vilanova for the manager's decision not to play Messi on Wednesday.

Vilanova chose to leave out Messi although the Argentine was not injured.

"If they decided that he shouldn’t play, it was a purely technical decision. Nothing else to say," said Rosell.

Vilanova defended his action.

"Leo played against Athletic Bilbao in the Primera Liga over the weekend because he was feeling good but at the end of the match he noticed a strange feeling in his leg," said Vilanova.

"There’s no injury but after so many days of not training it can feel uncomfortable for a player and he could have picked up an injury if he had played."

Fair enough.

The problem is that Barca relies too much on Messi. Remember, he is only human and bound to get injured especially if he plays non-stop.

Messi, 25, has been involved in so many matches from Primera Liga, Champions League and the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

This seems to be the reason for his problems now.