Barcelona must prioritise Pique’s successor

Time and again we are told of Barcelona’s dependance on Lionel Messi and how they wouldn’t be close to the same team without his influence.

That is ostensibly true of course, but there are other players in the team that are coming to the end of their professional careers and for whom the Catalans will find just as hard to replace.

One of those is their central defender, Gerard Pique. Continue reading

What would success in 2019/20 look like for Barcelona?

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. Continue reading

Can Ansu Fati become Lionel Messi’s successor?

Before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, only those with knowledge of Barcelona’s youth team players had heard of Ansu Fati.

The youngster had sailed through most of the age groups at the club, due in no small part to the fearlessness with which he approached every challenge.

That has stood him in good stead since his promotion to the first team. Continue reading

A look ahead to the Spanish Super Cup

Although the new year has only just begun, the first silverware of the season is available in Spain.

Thanks to a decision by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the Spanish Super Cup is no longer a two-legged pre-season affair.

It’s been replaced by a ‘final four’ type competition. Continue reading

Valverde must rotate against Espanyol

With the winter break now over, all of La Liga’s teams return to action this weekend, and Barcelona more than most will be rueing the way that the fixtures have fallen.

That said, their quandary has more to do with the Spanish Football Federation moving the Spanish Super Cup dates than it has with La Liga scheduling the Catalan derby as the first game of the new year.

Espanyol v Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium is always a keenly contested affair and, though they’re often victorious, Barca always know that they’ve been in a game at their neighbours’ ground. Continue reading

3 possible signings for Barcelona in January

No sooner does one transfer window close than another one opens.

It doesn’t seem five minutes since Europe’s top teams were stockpiling the continent’s best footballing talent, but here we are again, and the wallets are about to be opened.

The rumours of where players might end up began as soon as the last window closed, so let’s take a look at three possible signings for Barcelona in January. Continue reading

A review of Barcelona in 2019

It’s been quite the year for Barcelona in 2019, with barely a month passing without incident.

Whether it’s been incidents behind the scenes or chaos on the pitch, the column inches have been full of blaugrana throughout the year.

Ernesto Valverde is still in charge – and who would’ve said that after another Champions League exit before the final. Continue reading

3 things that could decide El Clasico

Better late than never.

Although we’ve had to wait for a few weeks, the first El Clasico of the season is virtually upon us, and it can’t come soon enough for fans and players alike.

There really isn’t a game like it anywhere in the world, and this one could be the most closely fought in the league for years. Continue reading

Leo Messi doesn’t need awards to know he’s the best ever

There isn’t a season that goes past when Lionel Messi doesn’t win an award of some description.

He already has 35 team titles to his name with Barcelona, a club record, but the individual accolades just keep on coming.

Ever since the start of his Barcelona career in 2005, he’s been hoovering up gongs left, right and centre, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. Continue reading