While Barcelona look set to become La Liga champions for the 25th time, the Spanish giants’ reserve team face a fight for survival in Spain’s second division.
With just two points from their last five games, Barcelona B find themselves 18th in the Segunda Division, just one point from the drop zone.
Defeats to relegation rivals Sevilla B, and Cultural Leonesa, along with two wins on the bounce for 20th placed Cordoba, mean just three points separate 17th and 20th.
Managed by former player Gerard Lopez, the team achieved promotion back into the second tier of Spanish football after winning the Segunda B title last term.
Barca B last picked up three points in the league away to Lugo in February. Winless in seven games, confidence in Gerard Lopez is certainly falling away.
The primary purpose of the whole La Masia set-up, including Barca B, is about youth development and providing players with the perfect education to make the grade in the first-team; relegation could prove extremely detrimental to the Catalonia.
With eight games remaining, Barcelona B’s poor run of form looks set to continue as they travel to third place Huesca, shortly before a home tie to second place, Real Vallecano.
With stars such as Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez all over the age of 30, the first team will be counting on the youth of Barca B in the next few years, and so relegation is not an option for the so-called ‘stars of the future’.