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2021/2022

FC Barcelona

In


Sergio Aguero (att) Manchester City; Memphis Depay (att) Lyon; Eric Garcia (def) Manchester City; Emerson Royal (def) Real Betis; Moussa Wagué (def) PAOK – end of loan

Out


Lionel Messi (k) (att) Released; Matheus Fernandes (mid) Released; Junior Firpo (sp) (def) Leeds; Trincao (att) Wolves

Barcelona have made more headlines this summer than any other club, with all-time great and club captain Lionel Messi leaving the team. With Barcelona in such financial difficulty, they couldn’t afford to keep Messi and they have also had to rely on free transfers for almost all of their recruitment. The post-Messi era was never going to be easy, but even more so when it has arrived so suddenly. There is no way to replace Messi, who was still LaLiga’s top scorer last season with 30 goals, but Barcelona will try to do so with new signing Memphis Depay. He has looked great in pre-season, but it remains to be seen if he can even come close to the goals tallies Messi has put up over the past decade and a half. Last season was a disappointing one for Barcelona overall, with the only trophy being a Copa del Rey. But, coach Ronald Koeman has been kept on. He’ll hope that this continuity allows Barcelona to advance tactically this season, but there’s no doubting that the Dutch coach has a huge job on his hands. Despite all of the off-season drama and difficulties, Barcelona will still be expected to compete on all fronts in 2021/22. They have won just one trophy over the past two seasons and more is expected of what remains one of the best squads in football, even without Messi. They’ll be fascinating to watch this year for sure.

Target


Winning something. The objective for Barcelona this year will be to win a trophy of some sort, given the recent silverware drought. If they can even retain the Copa del Rey this year, that might be considered as a success.

Season Review
2020/2021

№3: FC Barcelona

This was as difficult a season for Barcelona as was expected, although they did still manage to win the 2020/21 Copa del Rey. Ronald Koeman came in and it took him some time to get the team playing well, eventually settling on a 3-5-2 system that had Barcelona playing good football for several months and that helped protect a defence that was often without Gerard Pique due to injury. The dropped a lot of points early in LaLiga and made the cup competitions the priority, losing in the final of the Super Cup to Athletic and then defeating the same opponent in the Copa del Rey final. In the Champions League, PSG proved too strong in the round of 16. That Copa del Rey momentum carried over into their league form for a while as Barcelona won 13 and drew one of their first 14 league games of 2021, but they dropped a lot of points late in the year. As always, Lionel Messi was excellent and finished the season as the league’s top scorer. There were also some good performances from youngsters like Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Sergino Dest and, before he suffered a long-term injury, Ansu Fati. In the end, Barcelona just don’t have enough top-class players in their squad right now to complement Messi. But, the youngsters coming through give hope for the future, as does the fact that club has a new president Joan Laporta, who’ll get to work this transfer window.


Player of the Season: Lionel Messi

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