Getafe wing-back Marc Cucurella has accused Barcelona of prioritising winning ahead of patience with their younger players.
The versatile player, most often deployed at left-back, is currently on a season long loan deal at the high-flying Madrid-based club from the Catalan giants, whom he faces this weekend.
The Barcelona-born defender made just one first-team appearance for the Blaugrana during his time there – against lower league Real Murcia in a Copa del Rey appearance two seasons ago – before spending last season on loan at Eibar.
The Spain Under-21 international has once more impressed this campaign on loan at Getafe, who have an option to make the move permanent for €6m in summer, but Barca will retain a 40% clause to buy him back permanently.
In a revealing interview, Cucurella has now taken aim at his parent club’s lack of patience with their younger stars who have emerged through their La Masia youth academy.
“Barcelona are a great club and there, the most important thing is to win,” Cucurella explained in Diario Sport.
“However, they do not have the patience that would have existed before and for youth team players, they do not get the same opportunities that they deserve.
“It tastes bad because when I was in the youth-team, I expected to be trusted more but the need to win outweighs the need to be patient.”
Cucurella also went on to address the upcoming clash at the Camp Nou, with just one place separating the sides in the table: “It is clear that it will be a special game, I have been there for many years.
“Playing in a stadium like the Camp Nou is special. We are in good form and it will be a beautiful game.
“We are playing great football. We have improved from (the defeat against Real) Madrid and we are strong. We will arrive with the greatest enthusiasm in the world.
“More than one team has made Barça suffer. I think we are in a good position, we are working to find those small ways to create difficulties. We will go forward.”
The wing-back also spoke about the possibility of his teammate Ángel Rodríguez joining Barcelona from Los Azulones this month: “He has proven himself to be a great player, he can play for anyone.”