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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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.
There is no doubt that the fans of FC Barcelona will look on the season just gone as a poor one, despite the fact that the players managed to send the outgoing manager Luis Enrique off with the Copa Del Rey to add to his list of trophy successes.
The fact that great rivals Real Madrid added a 12th Champions League to the rare La Liga title will really hurt and the new manager Ernesto Valverde is well aware of this having played for the club, so it is no surprise that he has begun with some strong words to declare his intention of winning everything next season.
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.
One of the reasons that many have put forward for the reason why Barcelona have beemn struggling in La Liga this season and head into this El Clasico clash with fierce rivals Real Madrid six points ahead in the Spanish league table is the number of injury problems to key players that Luis Enrique has been forced to deal with.
So the Barca boss will be delighted to be able to welcome Andres Iniesta back into the match day squad, even if the midfield star is not going to be risked from the start after five weeks out of action. Enrique can turn to Iniesta if needed and that could be a massive boost.
If things go the way of FC Barcelona this weekend in La Liga then Luis Enrique could see his side get back on top of the Spanish league table where most people connected with the Catalan club feel we belong and have gotten used to over the last 10 years or so.
We do not even need the current leaders Real Madrid to lose either, as long as the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez can get a good win at home to struggling Malaga, which is something you would generally think is pretty likely at the Camp Nou, especially as the team from Andalucia have let in six goals in their last two matches.