Sergio Busquets hits out at Barcelona chiefs on squad depth ahead of El Clasico

Sergio Busquets has poured blame on the Barcelona hierarchy because of the lack of squad depth at the Nou Camp.

The Catalans will be without some of their key players, including Busquets, for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli in three weeks time.

The Spaniard was shown a yellow card in the 1-1 draw in Naples in the first-leg and will be suspended for the Nou Camp clash.

They were already without forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, and boss Quique Setien now faces a selection headache after Arturo Vidal was sent off late on, and Gerard Pique suffered an injury.

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And Busquets insists club bosses are to blame for the lack of strengthen depth that is noticeable at the moment.

"[Nelson] Semedo and I were one booking away from a ban so we were always running that risk [of suspension]," he said.

"We hope Pique's injury is nothing serious but we will take on the second leg with what we have. We don't have a deep squad because, unfortunately, that's how it was planned."

Setien had named four players from Barcelona's B team on the bench for the trip to Napoli, where Antoine Griezmann's crucial away goal levelled the scores after Dries Mertens' opener.

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Barcelona's first-team squad is only made up of 20 players, including 17-year-old B team star Ansu Fati.

The Spanish champions used to be able to call upon a plethora of talent but have been down to the bare bones in the last couple of seasons.

Their decision to pay £15m for striker Martin Braithwaite in the January transfer window came as a huge surprise and showed the desperation of the Catalans.

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After being linked with signing the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace the injured Suarez the club were unable to land any of their targets last month.

And so it came down to a last minute decision to sign Braithwaite from relegation-threatened Leganes.

The Denmark international scored only six goals for his previous team in La Liga this season.

Barcelona moved back to the top of the Spanish league at the weekend after they beat Eibar and rivals Real Madrid lost 1-0 at Levante.

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