It was a summer of much discontent at Barcelona. The club sold Neymar to Paris St Germain despite insisting that the Brazilian star would stay. They announced, twice, that Lionel Messi had signed a new contract, when in fact he hadn’t and they failed to sign at least five high-profile transfer targets including Liverpool’s Coutinho and Paris St Germain’s Angel Di Maria. However, they are currently top of La Liga and are looking as good as ever. If the Catalan club wish to remain at the pinnacle of the modern game then, despite this excellent start to the 2017/18 season, they are going to have to recruit some new players and of course hope that a certain Mr Messi signs that new deal.
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Life After Neymar: What Barcelona Can Expect This Season
During this year’s summer transfer window, one story has been absolutely unavoidable. Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain broke all records, as well as Catalan hearts, and the aftershocks are still being felt across the continent.
If recent reports are to be believed, the €222m received by Barca is already burning a hole in their pocket, with the club targeting big money moves for immediate, like-for-like replacements in the form of Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona FC is one of the top teams in the world. However, just because the Spanish side is one of the very best in the game, that doesn’t mean it’s immune from age issues. That’s right, just like every other team in the world, Barcelona’s leading players don’t stay young forever and, as we look forward to the next few seasons, there are a number of potential problems for the club.
First of all we have to remember that FC Barcelona have not secured the transfer of the Brazil international star Phillipe Coutinho, at least not yet anyway. But when Barca really want a player and are serious about getting them the chances are usually pretty strong that they will succeed, so with Metro reporting that officials from the Catalan club are in England to get him I think the chances are good.
Even if things go as expected in Spain for the remaining fixtures still to be played in La Liga this season, FC Barcelona will still have a chance of some silverware for the Nou Camp fans to celebrate, and with the Copa Del Rey final being against Alaves, the Catalan club are huge favourites to lift the trophy on May 27th.
Barcelona’s Ticket Prices Fare Well vs English Counterparts
A recent graphic published by sports bookmaker Paddy Power has revealed that Barcelona are among the cheapest in Europe’s top leagues.
The cheapest season ticket found at Camp Nou this season was sold for a mere £116 with only Portuguese giants FC Porto (£88) and Swedish Allsvenskan side IFK Göteborg (£89).
In comparison, the English Premier League, renowned for its quality, is also well-known for having some of the priciest football tickets in the world.
The Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has called for video goal line technology to be introduced into Spanish football, as it has been in the English Premier League, after his side were denied a clear goal in their last league match against Real Betis at the weekend, Sky Sports has reported.
The Catalan club did end up rescuing a draw from the match but losing another two points while the leaders Real Madrid won to stretch their lead at the top to four points with a game in hand seems to me to have ended any realistic chance of Barca winning the title, although you will get very good odds on them now.
There is no doubt that FC Barcelona have not been their usual brilliant and ruthless selves this season. With an early La Liga defeat at home to lowly Alaves, followed a month later by a loss against Celta Vigo, and with draws against title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, we saw Luis Enrique’s team struggle to stay in touch at the top.
Even though Barca produced a fine display at the weekend to beat local rivals Espanyol, bringing them within three points of the league leaders, we must remember that Real Madrid have a game in hand to play because of their trip to the Club World Cup. So you might think that the odds of Barcelona retaining the Spanish title of 2.75 are about right (Courtesy of CrownBet).