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October 09, 2005

Cruyff fires at Ronaldinho

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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has fired a shot at Barcelona, stating the club he once coached is lacking the "magic" of last season, and he has held two of the club's stars in Ronaldinho and Deco responsible.

Frank Rijkaard's defending Spanish Primera Liga champions have found it difficult to manufacture the rhythm in the opening rounds of this season, which has seen them record only two wins from six matches.

Cruyff is worried that it has all gone pear-shaped for the Nou Camp club, with Brazilian maestro Ronaldinho (pictured) and Portuguese star Deco failing to turn up to rescue the team in desperate situations.

"Barca are not pressurising their opponents enough, they are playing at too slow a pace and aren't showing any magic," he wrote in Spanish tabloid La Vanguardia.

"The players are the ones to blame because nowadays it's not enough just to be the best, to have great individuals or a great team, unless you play to the limit."

"Today any team can spoil things for you if they play at 100 percent and you play at 70."

"Deco is experiencing an alarming dip in form."

"Ronaldinho and Deco should be adding the magic to this team... but they are not managing to change the course of the game."