Barca's cycle of dominance is over, says Mascherano

The Argentine midfielder is staying quiet on his future and feels the club must make major changes if they are to regain their place at the pinnacle of world football

Barcelona's period of dominating Spanish and European football is over, according to midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Catalan club failed to retain their Liga title this season after they failed to beat Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in the final game of the season, handing the league to Diego Simeone's men, to whom they also crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.

To make things worse, Barca surrendered to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final, meaning they end the season without a major trophy.

Mascherano believes this season proves that their period of dominance has ended and insists the club has to make significant changes, but stayed quiet on his own future.

"The least important thing today is the future of Mascherano, Barcelona is what matters. An unrepeatable cycle has finished," he told Barca TV.

"The club will make decisions and changes but we have to accept that this season has not been the best."

Coach Tata Martino has confirmed he will be leaving the club this summer, with Luis Enrique expected to replace him.