FC Barcelona: When Success Makes One Delusional

Adi-Oula SebastianCorrespondent IINovember 7, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 25:  FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta (2nd L) applauds as the players enter the pitch during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Zaragoza at the Camp Nou Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 6-1.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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It's just been a couple of days since I wrote an article on FC Barcelona, after reading through the comments I believe the public opinion is still undecided whether the Blaugrana are in a crisis or not. 

I intentionally wrote this article before the next match because I hoped FC Barcelona would prove me wrong. 

Some argue that our beloved triplet heroes are doing even as good or slightly better than last year. Well, I'm a big believer in numbers and statistics, but shouldn't we aspire to improve instead of maintaining a level?

Let's propose a hypothesis in which FC Barcelona accumulate as many points as last year; will the outcome be still the same? 

Football isn't a static; therefore, it is safe to assume that it could go either way. FC Barcelona could indeed repeat the success achieved last season or end this season with nothing.

It would be wiser to see the the last season as a benchmark that is to be bettered. Otherwise I don't see the wisdom in splashing out 44 Million Euros plus Samuel Eto'o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Indeed Ibrahimovic had a great start into his Blaugrana career but in the Champions League he has flattered to deceive. After all didn't Pep ought to buy him for these kind of stubborn defences?

I think the decision to change players (read: get rid of them) was a good one. It has proven to be a very effective method to get the squad back on track. Ronaldinho? Deco? But maybe this year they have got it all wrong. Good idea but poorly executed.

Now here comes the part for which I will be cursed out until the end of time. Why didn't we sell or exchange Seydou Keita for...let's say Javier Mascherano? Keita is quality but maybe not the quality we need right now. He made a lot of improvement, but he isn't playing as a DM anymore right?

Sergio Busquets isn't quiet there yet and sometimes I wonder why Yaya Toure sits on the bench. He isn't on the Ballon D'or shortlist by accident. Interchanging Keita and Andres Iniesta? Another questionable decision by Guardiola. Keita isn't as creative as Iniesta, nor does he penetrates the opponents box as often as San Andres.

It is/was very obvious that Thierry Henry is not going to repeat his stellar performances of 2008/2009. So why did the Barcelona hierarchy opt to sell Eto'o instead of buying a left winger? Now Laporta & Co. are entertaining the idea of buying Robinho!

Why in the world Robinho? On his day Robinho is a world beater no doubt about that but why in the world splash out 30-40 Million Euro when you can buy Juan Mata for less than that? Not only would Mata fit in perfectly since he is already playing with Xavi and them in the national squad, he is not a Diva.

Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and everything is okay but I am allowed to venture my frustration right?