Barcelona legend Xavi has led the criticism of the club’s summer of discontent made even worse by a fruitless transfer window.
The former Barca midfielder told Marca: ‘They have gone to sleep because five or six years ago they had the best players in the world for the system that they wanted to play. Now for that system they have five or six who fit the system but they need 11 to make it work.
'Before you would never see a player and think: “He would be good at Barca,” because they were all there already. They have signed players who do not fit the system.’
Barcelona legend Xavi has led the criticism of the club’s fruitless summer transfer window
The major news from Barca's summer has been the loss of Neymar to PSG for £198m
Barca were convinced they would bring in Philippe Coutinho but the move never happened
Xavi was also critical of the failure to use the club’s youth academy, and said: ‘When in doubt use the players coming through. Thiago Alcantara left and had every right to because he was not getting the chances.’
The whole transfer window has been a shambles for Barcelona. There was no reason to believe deadline day in the Premier League would be any different and so it proved.
They began the day convinced Liverpool would sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco, making it more likely that Philippe Coutinho would be allowed to leave.
Barca felt Thomas Lemar would go to Liverpool, freeing up Coutinho, but were wrong
That remained their thinking despite Arsenal having done a deal with the French club, pending the player accepting the switch.
Confident of Lemar happening and Coutinho coming in, they were happy to send Andre Gomes out on loan to Tottenham - but Lemar to Liverpool never happened and never was going to happen with Arsenal the only club prepared to pay Monaco’s hugely inflated price. Coutinho was not coming either, so Barca ordered Gomes to stay.
As things stand their summer amounts to losing Neymar, spending nearly £100m on 20-year-old Ousmane