I would like to argue with Gio.
Barcelona is not about fast tempo. Real Madrid is fast tempo/counter attacking side. It only seems fast tempo maybe towards the end of the move though the move itself last maybe 20-30 odd passes but the build is slow. Real Madrid is about being direct.
That point aside. Barcelona's tactic has evolved but for a lot of reasons, it has not worked as far to a lot of fans. Problem is that people are making last season as a benchmark for all of the seasons from here onwards which I strongly disagree with as it is simply delusional. Last season was an anamoly that wouldnt repeat itself with the same squad if you roll the dice a 100 times. People have gotten delusional to new heights and everyone has an opinion on the current season. We didnt change anything in 06/07 after an awesome 05/06 and we saw what happened to there.
We made a change in 09/10 considering the success, we had in 08/09 which was needed because our biggest strength was starting to become our biggest weakness. Teams started exploiting that and were getting away with it. It was obvious to Pep and everyone else that we need more pivots in the team so people cant man mark Xavi out of the game. Hence, welcome Ibra. Despite his terrible games, he did his job as a secondary pivot. Problem is the fact that Eto'o was the exhaust whilst Xavi was the engine. Now, we installed another engine so definitely, there will be a problem. Another thing that many dont realise is that Messi is not a playmaker and will never be a playmaker so you cant consider him as a secondary pivot. Our tertiary pivot is on defence with Pique/Marquez/Chyg taking the mantle to build up moves. All moves must go through the pivots. However, having no clear finisher except for Messi and an inconsistent Pedro has caused a ton of problems. We need a finisher for this system to work. Henry on the left provided scoring last season but that has dried up which has caused us huge problems cause we didnt anticipate it.
Having double/triple pivots on each phase of field will make us unpredictable and give us no obvious weakness as the opposition simply will not know who to double mark or mark out of the game. However, we need a continuity to make this tactic work and that implies that we make sure that our left hand side is working because we need a goal scorer there. Pedro is good as an option on the bench but he will never truly be a starter because he has no obvious gameplan.
Pep is doing good but he needs to stamp out indiscipline from this squad cause thats becoming an issue that needs resolving asap. We are not as bad as many people point out to be due to what Barcelona did last season. Again, thats just their delusional speech.