The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article with El Periodico. The original can be found here.
The few, the proud, the blaugrana
I don’t know if Barca is planning on signing another player for the attack in the next few hours but it would surprise me if they did. With the departure of Ibrahimovic and the arrival of Mascherano, the team is made of up 19 players, two of them goalkeepers. It seems crazy to start a season consisting of three competitions with only 17 players but with a team like Barca anything is possible. It’s Guardiola’s gamble and it reaffirms the philosophy of the club: we start with nineteen first team players but we have numerous possibilities from the cantera. These youth players have talent and will fit in due to having been brought up under this same style of play.