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Former Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff has criticised the current team for their laboured performances so far this season.

The Dutchman also believes there is a lack of intensity in their play at the moment.

“Barca are not pressurising their opponents enough, they are playing at too slow a pace and aren’t showing any magic,” Cruyff told Barcelona daily 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.”

Reigning champions Barcelona have won just two of their six league games this season and have shown little sign of recapturing the form that took them to last season’s title.

Cruyff singled out Portugal midfielder Deco and Brazilian forward Ronaldinho for criticism.

“Deco is experiencing an alarming dip in form,” he said. “Ronaldinho and Deco should be adding the magic to this team … but they are not managing to change the course of the game.”

Despite their slow start to the season, Barca are still well placed in domestic and European competition. They lead their Champions League group with a maximum six points from two games and are fifth in the Primera Liga, five behind surprise leaders Getafe.

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