Messi’s Magic Continues to Prevail in a Strong Looking Barcelona Side
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Ernesto Valverde continues to maintain his impressive record at Barcelona, as Los Cules continue the hunt for their 26th La Liga title this season.
After dominating the league during the last campaign in emphatic fashion, breaking the longest ever unbeaten streak (43 games), even for their own standards, Barcelona have created the near impossible task of upping their game this year.
Despite this, the pride of Catalonia have started the campaign in good form and will be looking to compete on all four fronts, with the minimum expectation of at least one piece of silverware come the end of the season. New signing, the Brazilian midfield maestro Arthur, looks to have settled in quickly and has filled an Iniesta shaped hole in the middle of the park.
Valverde continues to encourage his side to play the orthodox “Barca way” with an offensive emphasis on his dynamic front three of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi. Such attacking powers are likely to make any oppositions defence shudder with fear, and the clinical nature of Barcelonas attackers are a key factor behind how the side seem to finish teams off with such ease.
With quality in depth, following the young stars of Ousmane Dembele and new boy Malcolm, alongside the usual renowned figures of Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, Barcelona certainly look well equipped for the season ahead.
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European Delight at Last?
Despite winning the League title 3 times in the last 4 years, Barcelonas domestic success has somewhat been overshadowed by their fierce rivals in Real Madrid. Just 400 miles West of Barcelona lies the capital of Spain, whose residents have been chanting “Hala Madrid” with pride over the last 5 years.
Having won the Champions League an unprecedented four times over the last five seasons, Los Blancos have been the “rain on the parade” for Barcelona, who are desperate to taste European success once more. Despite dominating the competition during the Guardiola era, Los Blancos have only won the Champions League once since Peps departure, when they defeated Juventus 3-1 back in 2015.
However, after starting their European campaign in fine form, many fans and pundits alike are tipping Valverde to guide his possession-based side to become eventual champions. After stunning Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, 4-2, they certainly do look good for their money to finish Group B in top spot.
Experience a Magical Messi Show
At the heart of a well-drilled and technically gifted Barcelona side lies a certain little Argentinian. Ever since gracing the Camp Nou for the first time, back in 2004, fans from around the world continue to flock in to observe Lionel Messi on the field, live in the flesh.
As ever, Messi has continued to pull the strings for the Spanish side and dazzle his opponents with his lightning quick feet and deadly finishing this season. With the New Year also on the horizon, the attacker will continue to work hard and impress, with the hope of getting his hands on his sixth Ballon d,Or title.
Operating as a right forward, with a license to drift inside, the influence that Messi holds on his Barcelona side is unparalleled to any other performer in world football. Impressing with not just his agile dribbling and clinical striking, that has become a normal expectation within his game, the Argentinian also flourishes in dictating his sides buildup play through his world class passing. Behind most Barcelona victories tends to be a Messi inspired performance.