Although all the signs suggest that the Catalans will go down this path, new head coach Quique Setien is notorious for his attention to detail, and will not sign any player without having thoroughly assessed them.
"The week has gone very well, much better than I had expected. I've never accepted low standards, no-one at the club will have to say anything to me because I'll come to work every day eager to transmit to my footballers that we have to win", he said.More news: Modern Family Just Said Goodbye To A Character Before The Series Ends
Indeed, it will be interesting to see how the transfer window ultimately pans out but the arrival of a new coach at the Camp Nou will certainly give hope to players who struggled for minutes under Ernesto Valverde.
He arrives with a reputation for attacking, possession-based football but his team can not afford much of a transition period, given they sit top of La Liga but level on points with arch rivals Real Madrid. If I win playing badly I will not go home happy, do you understand me? "I was waiting for this from the players, as they are now in the best technical, physical and mental conditions". "I will always try to make my team play well because that way we are more likely to win".More news: 49ers TE George Kittle did not practice on Wednesday
"Pressure is not imposed on me by the club, I impose it on myself", said Setien.
"There's no doubt we like players to play orderly systematic football", said 61-year-old Setien. "I know where I am and they don't have to remind me because every morning I will work my hardest and tell the players we have to win". Frenkie de Jong is suspended, while Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are both injured.More news: Stream Mac Miller's Posthumous Album 'Circles'
Xavi won his second trophy as a coach after leading Al Sadd to a 4-0 success over Al Duhail in the Qatar Cup final, days after turning down the Barcelona job.