It’s fair to say that this season has been quite a tumultuous one for Barcelona.
It began with missed transfer targets. Though Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong were added to the roster, both Neymar and Matthijs De Ligt were missed, even though the latter was virtually promised by president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
That put a sour taste in supporters mouths before a ball had even been kicked.Worse was to follow as the Catalans began their season with the worst set of results they’d had in a quarter of a century.
One of the most popular hashtags on social media at that point was #ValverdeOut, and the pressure on the manager at the time was incessant and, often, vile and abusive.
Once Lionel Messi got injured too, it was as if the Gods had aligned to give Barca the worst hand possible.
And yet, despite all of that and further injuries to other key players, the Blaugrana are still very much in the picture as far as another La Liga title is concerned.
Indeed, were they to win another, it would arguably be one of their best of the ‘Messi era’ given their start.
But what would constitute real success for the club in 2019/20?
It’s taken a while and is still a work in progress, but a more seamless front three has to be on the agenda.
When you have the likes of Griezmann, Suarez and Messi all playing together, there are reasonable expectations that they won’t take long to ‘click.’
The latter two are virtually telepathic in their play, so the responsibility to make it work falls on the Frenchman’s shoulders.
Clearly, another league title would be welcomed, and a cup victory after losing out to Valencia last season wouldn’t be sniffed at.
Barca remain the most successful team in Spanish cup history, so another Copa del Rey before the likes of Messi, Pique and Busquets hang up their boots would underscore their fine careers.
However, it’s the Champions League that everyone wants again.
Messi promised at the start of last season that it would be delivered again, and but for the Liverpool debacle, that probably would’ve been the case.
After the Roma loss the previous season, the club, players, staff and supporters are all desperate to get one more title in the bank before Messi retires.
Ultimately, for a club of Barca’s stature, success would be best represented by a clean sweep of trophies, but a UCL win would more than likely satisfy everyone’s demands.