Can Josep Maria Bartomeu survive Barcelona’s crisis?

What a season it’s been for FC Barcelona!

At the beginning of the campaign, during the curtain raiser to each season, the Joan Gamper Trophy, Lionel Messi apologised for the collapse against Liverpool.

He also noted that the Catalans would be challenging again for the Champions League and the other top prizes on offer.

But it’s safe to say that things haven’t quite gone according to plan. Continue reading

Why Neymar returning to Barcelona is a no-go

Not long now until the transfer merry-go-round spins in earnest.

In fact, the rumours are already in full swing and there’s still the best part of three months until the window opens again!

As clubs across Europe go looking for bargains, there are one or two that need to make a statement signing to send shivers down their opponent’s spines. Continue reading

Is Sergio Busquets’ time up at Barcelona?

As Barcelona wind down another LaLiga season, question marks will again be asked over certain players.

Players who, despite their seniority in the team, haven’t performed at the required level for the club, and for a consistent period, not just a game or two here and there.

Whilst it’s an unpalatable thought, sooner or later, the regeneration of the squad takes precedence over keeping the big names happy. Continue reading

3 players Barcelona could buy this summer

Regardless of whether Barcelona end the season with silverware or not, it’s clear to everyone that they need an injection of new blood into the first team.

For the most part of 2019/20, the Blaugrana have looked laboured and off of the pace, and have relied on their showings at Camp Nou to gloss over their evident shortcomings.

Shortcomings that have been brutally exposed away from home. Continue reading

3 players Barcelona could sell this summer

Every teams have cycles of success, and Barcelona’s has almost certainly ground to a halt recently.

That’s the time when there needs to be an overhaul of staff, in order to pump new energy into the group and give a renewed focus.

Though it will be a shame to see certain players leave, the club have to be ruthless. Continue reading

Lionel Messi looks tired and disinterested at Barcelona

Surely Barcelona’s supporters didn’t think it would end up like this.

Their best ever player, Lionel Messi, strolling around seemingly disinterested and looking as tired as he ever has.

Whatever the party line from him is, his body language doesn’t lie. Lionel Messi is not happy. Continue reading

Setien hasn’t had the desired effect at Barcelona

For months Barcelona’s fan base were urging the club’s board to dispense with the services of Ernesto Valverde.

The issue was not just the style of play not being what was expected, but that the team were looking tired and disinterested.

Eventually, after the Catalans were knocked out of the Spanish Super Cup, Valverde fell on his sword. Continue reading

3 things to look out for in El Clasico

So the day has finally arrived. El Clasico MK II is here.

And it’s been a long while since Barcelona and Real Madrid were so close in points terms going into the biggest club match in the world.

Just two points separate these La Liga behemoths, and the result could end up being decisive in the title race. Continue reading

Griezmann has to step up for Barcelona

Now, more than at any other time this season, Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann to hit the goal trail.

The former Atletico Madrid striker has had a reasonable start to life with the Blaugrana as his 13 goals in all competitions would attest, however, with Lionel Messi dropping more into the playmaker role, the goalscoring output will fall on the Frenchman.

In what is his preferred No.9 role, he can have no excuses. Continue reading

Is Martin Braithwaite the right man for Barcelona?

If all of the rumours are true, then Leganes centre-forward, Martin Braithwaite, will shortly become FC Barcelona’s new striker signing.

It’s a deal that’s come out of nowhere, and there can’t have been too many like it. The reigning champions of the Spanish top flight signing a player from a club who are battling relegation.

Braithwaite’s goals to games ratio isn’t great either, but there is some sense to his hire nonetheless. Continue reading