What must change
1. Messi needs to accept help
Having the world’s best player at your club can be a hindrance as well as a blessing. Messi needs to accept new high-profile stars around him — not just Coutinho — ahead of next season.
2. Get La Masia working again
Utility man Sergi Roberto, 26, is the last Barca youth graduate to gain a regular first-team place. The pipeline which provided Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, and many more must be unblocked.
3. Accountability at the top
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is quick to take credit for any successes, but never the blame when things go wrong. ‘Barto’ has long lost the respect the dressing-room and Camp Nou regulars. More than Messi or Valverde, he is really responsible for Tuesday’s debacle.