Barcelona is in the last 16 of the Champions League and the final of the Copa Del Rey and sits just one point behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race. On the surface, there does not seem to be a crisis. These facts, however, disguise the struggle
It has been one of the great sights of English soccer in recent years, Yaya Toure picking up possession in central midfield for Manchester City, rampaging upfield and scattering opponents in his path. Toure is now found sitting in front of City's defense, reading the game, dictating its tempo, picking off opposition passes, and starting attacks rather than finishing them. The former Ivory Coast captain started the season ostracized by Guardiola, who was unhappy at both Toure's fitness levels and the criticism coming from the player's outspoken agent, Dimitri Seluk.