After the break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the season starts again and respective leagues followed their fixtures. Despite French and Dutch league cancelation, Winners of other league crowned and hence the Champions League also kicked off.
Recently the round of 16 happened, and we have our winners that are through to Quarterfinals. Likes of Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich clinched their positions. On the other hand, ties for Athletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Atlanta, and Paris Saint Germain were already decided before the pandemic.
But now our main focus is on Barcelona as a single tournament is concerned, and the club has higher chances to lift the coveted trophy. But we are still ruling out some valid reasons that Barcelona will not be reigning champions this season.
After former Boss Ernesto Valverde faced the sack, Quique Setien handled the squad, but on numerous occasions, his tactics were questioned. We feel that he is making the same mistakes as Valverde did in the past. In recent clash vs. Napoli, he nearly escaped the fate of an epic comeback, Barcelona were two-goal up, but if Napoli has been struck two, its game over for the Blaugranas. Till 85th minute he didn’t make any substitution and Napoli keeps on pressing Barcelona in the second half and they could have past them but luck favors Barcelona.
So enough with Gamble and Setien have to analyze everything regarding substitution and made a squad that is capable of turning things around.
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Another reason is players of Barcelona as midfield lacks creativity, and the squad is much dependent upon backpasses to retaining possession. Likes of Griezmann, Suarez, Rakitic are not offering much to the game and they are victims of poor performances. We are not targeting them, but still, they are not on their top-notch level.
Barcelona’s squad depth is versatile, but still, the first team players cemented their position, and there is no scope to drop them. Suarez is an undisputed starter despite his performances, but now the club is playing experience games which could cost them too soon.