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The Catalans are currently struggling to hold onto their La Liga crown but the Spain international insists that the club remains in good health

Thiago Alcantara has admitted he is amused by the suggestion that Barcelona's era of dominance is about to come to an end.

With the Catalans currently ten points behind Real Madrid in La Liga, it has been argued by some pundits that the world, European and Spanish champions' cycle of success is drawing to a close.

Thiago, though, can see no reason why Barca cannot continue collecting trophies in the coming years given the club's current blend of youth and experience.

"It makes me laugh because good players keep coming out of La Masia who are hungry for titles," the Spain international is quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo.

"Then you see the veterans, who have won it all with the same ambition. Young people move things forward. So, it’s a good combination."

Thiago also backed up team-mate Xavi's claim that the current La Liga table is misleading and that Barca remain the best team in Spain.

"It's happened that our rivals have gotten to know us better and that Madrid have been better, so they have gone top," the versatile midfielder acknowledged. "But Barca are still the team to beat."

Thaigo admitted, though, that Barca have let themselves down on occasion this term and that they should not go pointing the finger at referees, Madrid or anyone else.

"The players are to blame for the points deficit," the 20-year-old insisted. "We are the ones who play. We do not blame anyone else."

Barcelona return to La Liga action against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon this weekend.

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