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Cruyff rubbishes talk that Barcelona's era has ended

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Cruyff rubbishes talk that Barcelona's era has ended

Former Barcelona and Netherlands icon Johan Cruyff has dismissed claims that the Catalan outfit is at the end of the club's winning cycle.

Despite bowing out of the Champions League on the back of a crushing 7-0 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich, Tito Vilanova's men are well on course to sew up their 22nd Liga title.

Cruyff has cited the impending domestic success of the side he once represented as a player and then a coach as evidence of the team's continued ability to compete at the top.

"[The end of an era] doesn't exist. It's just a piece of nonsense someone said," the 66-year-old insisted to AS. "It's simply a matter of mistakes made by the club's directors. That happens."

Former Blaugrana boss Pep Guardiola then highlighted the thin line between winning and losing in the game and insists he does not see himself as superior to other coaches.

"I'm not better than any other coach. Success and failure are part of the game, and I have won and lost as a coach and as a player," the Spaniard told reporters in Argentina. "As a coach, the secret is to push the right button for every player. You can only paint pictures. When the game begins, everything is in my players' hands."

Guardiola amassed a 14-trophy haul in a four-year spell at Camp Nou and will succeed Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich boss at the end of the season.

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