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Barcelona president Joan Laporta flummoxed by their ‘incomprehensible’ La Liga collapse, says major changes beginning next week

Flummoxed and hardly bemused, Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has warned that major changes are in store for the club with decisions kicking off as early as next week.

To say it has been a hugely underwhelming campaign for the Catalan side despite their Copa del Rey triumph under beleaguered coach Ronald Koeman would be an understatement at the very least.

A drastic capitulation in the final few LaLiga games has completely reversed the fortunes of the Catalonian side and has seen them slide in heavily disgruntled fashion out of title contention, not to mention having been unceemoniously dumped out of the Champions League earlier by an in-form PSG.

Laporta opted to label the dubious performances in those competitions as ‘incomprehensible’ and is all gung-ho to start the rebuilding process, probably with the guillotine all ready to be wheeled out for immediate action.

“A cycle has come to an end and we are working on a renewal process,” Laporta said at a Diario Sport event.

“From next week, you will see several decisions which must be taken. We have to work hard to build a competitive team to win league titles and Champions Leagues.

“When I speak of a cycle coming to an end or about renovation work, it’s because it’s what I believe must be done.

“We won the Copa del Rey, which we are proud of, but we were knocked out of the Champions League early and have lost La Liga incomprehensibly from my point of view.”

Hmm … the words certainly seem to reverberate with an ominous undertone like a death knell being sounded for some anxious souls waiting with trepidation in the Nou Camp.

Should the likes of Dutchman Koeman be sprucing up his CV about now?