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The key figures behind Barcelona's latest crisis

Barcelona are a club in crisis, and their elimination from the Champions League group stage represents a new low for the club.

The resounding defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich demonstrated how far the Catalan club are from competing with Europe's elite.

It also served to highlight a number of individuals whose actions are contributing to the crisis, and here we take a closer look at these key figures.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The German goalkeeper endured a torrid night at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, which was a continuation of the difficult campaign he has endured so far.

His displays have featured a number of errors both with his hands and with the ball at his feet, and he is some way off his best level.

Sergino Dest

During his spell as coach, Ronald Koeman specifically requested for the club to sign the USA international, but that decision has backfired.

The decision to move him to the wing on a number of occasions this season has not worked out, and he has not convinced as a full-back either.

Gerard Pique

Although the 34-year-old has stepped up as the main leader of the team this season, his performances have been largely disappointing.

He is far less reliable than in previous seasons, which is contributing to the fact that Barcelona are unable to stop conceding goals.

Frenkie de Jong

If last season was the best of Frenkie De Jong's professional career so far, the situation has been entirely different in the current campaign.

Whilst he should be one of the main leaders of the team, he has tended to go missing when his team have needed him.

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay has been another underwhelming signing for Barcelona, in spite of the fact that he is the club's highest goalscorer so far this season.

He has struggled to make an impact in big games, and he is beginning to enter a vicious circle. With things not going well, the fans are beginning to get frustrated, which causes him to feel the same.

Ousmane Dembele

Unlike many of his teammates, it cannot be said that the Frenchman has gone missing this season. In fact, he has taken on a significant amount of responsibility.

However, although he has tried to make the difference for his team, he has been unable to play a decisive role so far this season.


Although Xavi Hernandez arrived as coach at the start of November to a great deal of excitement, he has been unable to lift the gloom around the club.

Whilst he has not been actively contributing to the crisis, his appointment has shown that in certain situations, Ronald Koeman could not have done much more either.


When Joan Laporta became president in March, he promised to reverse the situation at the club. However, he has so far failed to live up to expectations.

The main problem is that for all of his promises to restore Barcelona to Europe's elite, given the lack of evidence on the pitch, the club's supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated.

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