You know it’s very bad indeed when one of your senior players comes out and says ‘profound change’ is needed.
But that is the brutal reality for Barcelona as the soul-searching begins in the wake of Friday night’s 8-2 humbling by Bayern Munich.
Gerard Pique came out and said what quite a few of his team-mates and probably every Barcelona fan was thinking after one of the darkest results in 120 years of history.
Barcelona were completely and utterly humiliated by Bayern Munich on Friday evening
Manager Quique Setien watched on helplessly as his team were ripped to shreds by Bayern
Manager Quique Setien will almost certainly be the first casualty of what is likely to be a lengthy and uncomfortable inquest into what went wrong.
But the Barcelona squad is also likely to be ripped to shreds after so many dreadful performances it was hard to keep count.
Sportsmail takes a look at which players Barcelona should keep hold of and which players need to be ditched.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
The worst thing for Ter Stegen is that his performance was so poor it actually invited pity from his rival for the Germany No 1 shirt, Manuel Neuer.
He is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world but completely lost it on Friday night, repeatedly playing his team-mates into precarious positions as Bayern pressed.
However, there isn’t anyone obvious within the club to take over the gloves and world class goalkeepers are expensive, so Ter Stegen will likely get another chance despite the humiliation of shipping eight. STAY
Ter Stegen repeatedly played his team-mates into trouble with his poor kicking on Friday
Turned himself into a social media meme after being completely turned inside out by Alphonso Davies in the lead-up to Bayern’s fifth and that’s never a good place to be.
Has actually enjoyed a consistent season and at least offered Barcelona an out ball when labouring under Bayern’s intense pressure.
There has been talk that Barcelona want to extend Semedo’s contract until 2025 but after his schooling by Davies they may want to think again. GO
Semedo was completely dominated by Alphonso Davies as Bayern ran riot in Lisbon
Pique is a Barcelona man through and through, marshalling their defence for over a decade now and winning every honour there is to win.
So he was perfectly within his rights to call out the rot happening at the club and demand changes. Not many footballers would have the guts to do so.
His comments will ruffle a few feathers in the boardroom but the reality is Pique is precisely the kind of leader – and top class player – the Barcelona reboot needs to be built around. STAY
Gerard Pique was left smarting after the defeat and bravely called for ‘profound changes’
Dear oh dear. Lenglet was made to look completely out of his defence by Bayern’s utterly ruthless attacking line and he was exposed time after time.
Slow to read the play and react, he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and how his team were punished.
Lenglet is highly regarded and has played frequently all season but it’s no good doing well against Leganes and Eibar then terribly in the games that matter. GO
Clement Lenglet struggled to keep up with Serge Gnabry during a night to forget in defence
Alba has been a mainstay at left-back for Barcelona for a long time now and he won’t have suffered many greater humiliations than this.
All over the place defensively even if he did offer something going forward and you wonder whether he’s still able at the age of 31.
But when Alba signed a five-year contract at Barcelona in March last year, they inserted a buy-out clause of €500million so he’s highly unlikely to be going anywhere. STAY
Jordi Alba slides in to try and win the ball from Bayern’s Kingsley Coman in the quarter-final
Looked absolutely swamped in the midfield battle and his blushes weren’t even spared by being taken off at half-time.
Gave the ball away repeatedly as his composure crumbled when surrounded by Bayern players.
Highly regarded for his versatility and work rate but this performance will raise quite a few question marks. GO
Sergi Roberto was taken off at half-time having gifted possession to Bayern numerous times
Another with an absurdly high buy-out clause that means he can’t move anywhere unless Barcelona tinker with his contract terms.
Was completely overwhelmed in the midfield battle on Friday night despite his wealth of experience of these type of games.
But the 32-year-old is the kind of wise old head that Barcelona will need to navigate the stormy waters ahead and he won’t be thrown to the sharks. STAY
Sergio Busquets is given the runaround by Serge Gnabry as Barcelona’s midfield is swamped
Frenkie de Jong
Only arrived at the Nou Camp 12 months ago for an outlay of £65m and viewed as the kind of Dutch master Barcelona teams of old have loved.
But his first year has been one of frustration with changes of manager meaning changes of system and his role, not to mention injury absences.
Was actually one of the few who kept going on Friday night but was subsumed by the incompetence around him. Won’t be sold after just a season. STAY
Frenkie de Jong will hope for a better second season at Barcelona after a troubled first
Good grief, not the Chilean’s finest hour. Described Barcelona as ‘the best team in the world’ ahead of the game and saw the words rammed back down his throat.
Failed to make any impact in his defensive duties and allowed frustrations to boil over in the second-half.
Vidal is 33 now and has just one year left on his contract so a quick sale this summer looks more than likely. GO
Arturo Vidal, beaten here by Joshua Kimmich, is surely on his way out of Barca this summer
Looked absolutely heartbroken as he helplessly watched Bayern’s goals fly in from the opposite end of the pitch.
Has enjoyed another fine season when it comes to scoring goals but has ended up winning nothing and Friday night must have left the Argentine wondering what happens next.
He is desperate to win a fifth Champions League title but after the humiliations of Roma, Liverpool and now Bayern in the past three years, he may well have to move elsewhere to achieve it.
At 33, does he really want to play in a transitional Barcelona side for another 2-3 years as his powers wane?
If there is interest from leading clubs elsewhere – and who can afford him amid the Covid crisis – Messi will surely give it serious thought.
This could easily be the end of an era. COULD WELL DECIDE TO GO
Lionel Messi could only watch on helplessly as the goals flew in – so is this the end of an era?
Scored a glorious solo goal that was completely forgotten about amid the avalanche at the other end.
Suarez has scored 21 times and set up another 12 for Barcelona this season but he isn’t the player he was at 33.
With a year left on his contract, they should cash in while they can. GO
Luis Suarez has a go at the referee following the final whistle after a night to forget
If this much-needed summer overhaul is to happen, there are some obvious candidates to try and get rid of, even if Barca have to take a heavy financial hit.
Ousmane Dembele remained on the bench throughout the Bayern humiliation following injury and fitness troubles.
They paid an absurd amount of money for him and though injuries have obviously affected his progress, there just hasn’t been enough from the Frenchman when he does play.
Barca will have to take a hefty hit on their initial £97m outlay for him but it’s time to let him go.
Barcelona need to cut their losses with Ousmane Dembele and admit the signing was an error
Antione Griezmann‘s debut season hasn’t exactly set the house on fire following his £107m move from Atletico Madrid.
But the French striker will get more time to settle down and improve on his 15-goal return this time.
Having added insult to injury with two late goals on Friday night, you imagine Philippe Coutinho will be sold to the highest bidder right away when he returns from his Bayern loan.
It’s been clear for quite some time that there’s no future for him at the Nou Camp. Mind you, Barca will do well to recoup even half of the £142m they paid.
Philippe Coutinho took great joy in scoring twice against his parent club on Friday night
Other players likely to be part of the clear-out include midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo as Barcelona try and raise some cash to overhaul their squad.