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Sky Sports Spanish football experts Guillem Balague and Terry Gibson feel the Barcelona squad needs freshening up sooner rather than later. The Catalan side scraped past Real Betis over the weekend to remain top of La Liga with two games to play but are level on points with Atletico Madrid with Real one point adrift.Manager Luis Enrique has come under a lot of criticism for his teams poor form that saw them blow a 10 point lead in the league and crash out of the Champions League. Speaking on the La Liga Weekly Podcast, Balague feels the squad is in need of freshening up if they are to maintain their dominance of Spain and Europe over the next few years. Its been a while since Barcelona produced their own players such as Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carles Puyol. Terry Gibson The problems of Barcelona seem to be physical first of all but it goes beyond the physical, Balague said.Why doesnt he trust the people on the bench? Who bought those players? Are Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal his choices? Its something that could carry on to next season. Barcelona just feel its a team in need of fresh blood. Watch how Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Real Betis on Saturday Gibson is also concerned about how the famous La Masia academy has dried up producing players that are good enough to play in the Nou Camp.The production line of the young players developing and given their chance in the first team isnt there as much, Gibson insists. Sergi Roberto and Rafinha are probably the only two. Luis Enrique could see his job in question if Barcelona do not win La Liga Its been a while since Barcelona produced their own players such as Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Carles Puyol. There are lots of Barcelona youngsters dotted around the place performing well at other clubs. Its still questionable whether they would be good enough for Barcelona but it is an issue they are going to have to address.This group of players can go again next season - they are not past it yet - but it does need to keep an eye on in the long term. Could their be a summer clear out at the Nou Camp? However, Gibson insists Enrique may not even be around in the summer to undertake the revamp, especially if Barcelona bottle the chance to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla.A month ago they were in the running for everything, Gibson said. They were big favourites to win the league, they were big favourites to win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey final is still to come.It will be interesting to see how he is judged. They could still win the Copa del Rey and will finish in the top three in La Liga and if they throw it away in those circumstances - but that is the pressure of being the Barcelona manager. 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Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. LONDON -- Russias hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFAs leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation.The IOCs move followed this weeks second damning World Anti-Doping Agency report, which accused Russia of state-sponsored doping.The scandal landed at FIFAs door after Russian soccer was for the first time implicated in the alleged doping cover-up by a country that has been entrusted with soccers most prestigious event in 2018.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, whose department is accused of orchestrating the deception, is also head of the countrys soccer federation and is a member of FIFAs ruling council.Soccers governing body is standing by the 2018 hosts -- just as it has done throughout six years of scrutiny since the contentious vote to hand the World Cup to Russia for the first time.Preparations for the World Cup are in full swing, Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putins spokesman, said Wednesday. FIFA said yesterday that they are preparing for the World Cup to be held in Russia.And 2018 is not the only countdown. FIFA is less than 11 months from staging the Confederations Cup, an eight-team warm-up competition, in Russia.Dick Pound, the former WADA president who authored the earlier report on doping in Russian track and field, said FIFA now has another credibility issue to confront following McLarens findings.Still recovering from its own corruption scandals, FIFA is now under the new leadership of President Gianni Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura, a newcomer to sports governance but with diplomatic experience from the United Nations.In the last 18 months, FIFA has leaked a lot of oil and has a lot of reputational exposure, Pound, a Canadian lawyer and former IOC vice president, told The Associated Press. (Russia) is one of the ethical exposures they have to wrestle with now it involves doping.The escalating doping scandal is not the only issue to cause problems for Russia, though, as it prepares for the World Cup.The safety of fans attending the tournament is under the spotlight after Russia was threatened with expulsion from the European Championship last month over thee violence perpetrated by hooligans in France.ddddddddddddAnd only this week, Putin ordered organizers in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of the citys troubled World Cup stadium. Putin instructed officials to adopt comprehensive measures to eliminate the gaps in the stadiums construction schedule and gave similar instructions to authorities in Samara and Kaliningrad for their venues.The fact that stadiums are being built for the World Cup should not dictate any discussion about stripping Russia of its hosting rights, according to Pound.There are lots of countries in Europe and elsewhere that could accommodate a World Cup at a couple of years notice, Pound said.When FIFA was asked Wednesday if it retained full confidence and trust in Russia as World Cup hosts, the governing body referred the AP to an earlier statement announcing a full inquiry into the 11 positive tests of Russian soccer players that WADA investigator Richard McLaren said were made to disappear in the state-sponsored doping program from 2011 to 2015.FIFA said it will be in charge of anti-doping programs at the World Cup ensuring the highest standards including the latest science and recommendations by WADA. That will see doping samples flown to laboratories outside Russia during the World Cup for testing.But the IOC, which has announced a series of measures to punish Russian athletes and officials implicated in doping, doesnt believe the country should be hosting any sporting events.In an uncharacteristically tough edict, the IOC executive board ruled Tuesday that it would not organize or give patronage to competitions there for the foreseeable future.Despite those moves, FIFA is still standing by its council member Mutko, who was accused by McLaren of having personally intervened in his role as Russian sports minister to cover up a positive doping test for a foreign player in the Russian Premier League.Perhaps its not a coincidence that the minister of sport is also president of the football federation, Pound said.---Rob Harris can be followed at and ' ' '

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