Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Barca: A force to be reckoned with next season?

You'd be silly not to admit that Barcelona could easily be a force to be reckoned with next season, as they have been in the past. People have been criticizing their "tiki-taka" style over the past few years, so maybe it's time for a new style of football to unsettle their opponents perhaps? 

Barca were unlucky not to finish last season with a trophy under their belt, drawing against Atletico Madrid on the final day of the league season meant that they were unable to secure Liga BBVA glory once again, but they showed good spirit throughout the season even when they were under pressure from the media and critics around the world.

Now, they know that they need to improve. What better way to improve than to sign the best striker in the world, in his prime?

Messi, Neymar and Suarez up-front. That is unstoppable, surely?
Best player to grace the pitch: Lionel Messi, needs no introduction.
Young talent: Neymar is one of the best young players in the world
Clinical and ruthless: Suárez is the best number 9 in the world, set to join the revolution at Barca
You have arguably the best player to ever grace a football pitch on one side, on the other side you have one of the best young players in the world and in the middle you have the clinical beast that is Suarez. 

Improvements to the squad - 
PREVIOUSLY: Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdés has been criticized for his poor performances in goal over the past two seasons, and Pinto has been nothing more than a reserve player (or benchwarmer) until Valdés got injured and he was forced to play....

CURRENTLY: They have announced the signings of ter Stegen, one of the world's best young goalkeepers as well as Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo, who impressed for his country during the World Cup. Very encouraging.  

PREVIOUSLY: An unsettled Cesc Fabregas, who reportedly wanted a move back to the Premier League alongside Jonathan dos Santos (who couldn't get a game) and Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez who was never preferred to Pedro.

CURRENTLY: Signed Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla; currently one of the best creative midfielders in the world as well as getting Gerard Deulofeu back off-loan from his spell at Everton and getting the best striker in the world currently (Suarez from Liverpool).

FINAL VERDICT: There have and will be many departures and signings for Barca this season, in a transition period of their own without a permanent manager. 

They have gone through 3 managers (Vilanova, Martino and now Enrique) since Guardiola left the club in June, 2012. 

So obviously, it will not be an easy ride for a club who have seen so much success in the past but need to step up in class as the opposition gets tougher. 

Real and Atletico Madrid have both done their bit, and now the Spanish league is now a "three-horse race", but Barcelona have the experience and the quality to win it all.

But with the right players, and the right staff, there is no reason as to why Barcelona cannot prove why they are the best club in Europe once more. It will not be easy, but nothing in life is.