Is FC Barcelona ready for what lies ahead?
FC Barcelona, in the recent football season, has only performed well in domestic and international competitions. Last season, Bayern Munich eliminated them as early as the UEFA Champions League group stage. Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League following a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. Because of their third place in their group, they progressed to the UEFA Europa League. Although, they didn’t go further than the quarter-finals.
Introducing the new manager, Xavi Hernandez, led to a considerable and noteworthy improvement in the club’s administration and performance. Xavi arrived as the successor of former manager Ronald Koeman. Barcelona suffered several losses under the management of Ronald Koeman. The football club was even 8th position in the domestic competition, La Liga, even though the season was already close to half.
Xavi Hernandez’s impact on FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has shown tremendous improvement under the management of Xavi. Unlike the previous football season, they finished second in the group behind Real Madrid.
The 2022/2023 football season is a chance for the club to correct mistakes and improve in the required areas. This season also allows Xavi Hernandez to implement his own strategies from the beginning of the season.
FC Barcelona proved they were ready for the new season with their signings in the recently closed transfer window. They signed world-class players such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Marcos Alonso, Héctor Bellerín, and Andreas Bødtker Christensen.
Despite the financial situation of the club, the club could still pull off all these deals. The football club has invested a lot and looks forward to a performance worthy of all the investment.
The football club scored an impressive twenty goals in their first six matches across competitions like UEFA champions league, La Liga and other competitions.
They remain unbeaten in the La Liga after five matches. They also have the highest goal difference and are currently in the second position behind Real Madrid. Real Madrid is above the club with only two points.
The foreseeable future for the football club
We expect Barcelona to perform well at both the domestic and international levels. The team has what it takes to aim for success in La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, and even the UEFA Champions League. Things turned sour when they paired Barcelona with European giants Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the same group for the first round of the Champions League.
Barcelona excelled in their first match with a 5-1 victory over the younger group member, FC Viktoria Plzeň. A week after, they travelled to Germany for the matchup against main group rivals Bayern Munich. Football fans anticipated this five-star match because of the history between the football clubs.
After a breathtaking competition, Barcelona lost 2-0 to the home team. Xavi Hernandez reiterated after the match that the team missed a lot of chances and could not capitalise on the opportunities. He also stated that there are various areas the team needs to work on for improvement. The club may exact revenge soon when Bayern comes to Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home stadium, for the second match between the Group C members.
FC Barcelona has remained a vital subject in European football. Most football lovers agree the club is still a work in progress, and they have the potential to achieve a lot this season. Although others criticise the club for hoarding players that aren’t skilled enough to thrive in international competitions. As time goes on, we’ll continue to observe the club to see if they truly have what it takes to conquer Spain and European football.