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Sandro Rosell outlines plans for Barcelona domination

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Sandro Rosell outlines plans for Barcelona domination

Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell has revealed the club's intention to dominate Spanish and European football for years to come.

The Liga runner-up, whose current squad is regarded by many to be the best in the world, has enjoyed an immensely successful period over the past four years including two Champions League successes and a host of domestic titles.

Yet despite the achievements to date, Rosell firmly believes that Barca's golden era can stretch beyond the usual three or four-year stint.

"Normally in football cycles last three years, then you tend to go back down," he told Sport.

"This cycle has already lasted four. This year we started well and hopefully it'll be five, six... we're trying to break the myth that good cycles only last three years.

"For now, we have Tito Vilanova during the next two years and I wish they were two, plus two, plus four, plus three... because it would mean that everything is going well and our decision [to hire Vilanova] was correct."

Much of the club's recent success has been attributed to the quality of players coming through its youth system, and Rosell singled out two academy graduates in particular for special praise.

"I would love for Xavi to hang up his boots here," he continued.

"If he is well and the staff considers it right we'd love that he retires here. With [Carles} Puyol it is the same case. It says a lot and is part of our values, and they have also started here."

One criticism aimed at La Liga is a lack of competition to Barca and Real Madrid's dominance over the rest of the division, and Rosell admitted it is an issue that needs to be addressed in the near future.

"After the 2014-15 season, we need to do a complete reexamination of the distribution of TV revenues," he added.

"We have to change this a bit to make it more competitive and so it does not seem that Barca and Real Madrid are champions in advance. This is not good for football.

"We must reduce the league from 20 to 16 teams. It would probably mean you would double the size of the Champions League to 64.

"Competitiveness must be improved no matter what happens in other leagues because [a lack of competition] in the medium to long-term is bad news."


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