In the Champions League semi-final of the 2012/13 season, Barca was crushed by Bayern Munich with a total score of 0-7 after 2 matches. A year later, at the 2014 World Cup, the defending champions were eliminated from the group stage. These failures show that tiki-taka shows signs of being caught.
Then, under coach Luis Enrique, Barca changed with quality additions including Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Thanks to that, they stepped up to the top of Europe in the 2014/15 season.
Things have gotten worse since 2016, when Josep Maria Bartomeu became the new president of Barca. Unlike his predecessors Joan Laporta or Sandro Rossell, Bartomeu prefers to bring in blockbuster deals.
In the past 4 seasons, Barca has lost nearly 320 million euros on the transfer market. In return, Bartomeu earned Barca lucrative contracts from Nike or Qatar.
Blockbusters like Philippe Coutinho, Malcom, Ousmane Dembele were not very successful. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann or Frenkie de Jong need more time to assert. In the opposite direction, many promising talents of La Masia such as Gerard, Deulofeu, Cristian Tello … are forced to leave. It is difficult for them to compete with the stars who have become famous in other teams.
With this policy, Mr. Bartomeu was criticized by former president Laporta: “Mr. Bartomeu is under Qatari control and will destroy La Masia training furnace”. Recently, Bartomeu also made Barca internal waves because of problems outside the pitch. Pique even called the incumbent president “a puppet”.
In 2018, for the first time in 16 years, Barca came out without any mature players from the academy or any indigenous people. That squad includes Ter Stegen, Semedo, Yerry Mina, Thomas Vermaelen, Lucas Digne, Paulinho, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Paco Alcacer and Coutinho. At this time, the percentage of La Masia players in the first team Barca is only 36%.