Many football fans around the world are bemused at the constant criticism, especially in the Catalan press, of Tata Martino and the new regime at Barcelona.
A dispassionate look at the statistics might, at first glance, lead one to believe they have a point. Forty points out of a possible 42, 42 goals scored, just eight conceded and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League doesn't sound too bad. Who wouldn’t want that type of record for their own club?
Except, of course, this is Barcelona, and nothing is ever that simple at Camp Nou. Let me try to explain.
The reason Martino is criticised is because Barcelona really are a different type of club. They have a philosophy, an ideology that permeates the system from the youngest players at La Masia all the way to the first team, and one that has been as successful as it has been entertaining, especially in the past five years.