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Throughout the club's history, they have gone through cycles of winning trophies followed by a few seasons without silverware. The ability of many football fans and writers to look back over the years is quite low, and we live in a time when it is more about what you have done recently.
Looking back at the beginning of the century, Barcelona had a three-year spell without winning a single trophy. Prior to that, the club had revolutionized Spanish football when Johan Cruyff managed the club from 1988 to 1996.
When Dutchman Frank Rijkaard took over in 2003, he inherited a club that hadn't won a trophy in four years. Rijkaard brought the best out of the club with the help of a player by the name of Ronaldinho, and the two led the club to five trophies in five seasons.
However, in the manager's last season, Barcelona had another dry spell and ended the year trophyless. Rijkaard's ideas and tactics had run their course, and many of the players had as well.
Guardiola is facing the same problems in his fourth season at the club. Other than Johan Cruyff, no other coach has stayed at Barcelona for more than five seasons. Guardiola revived the club four years ago, and now someone else is needed to do the same.