In 21/22, this season, Ronald Koeman faces a difficult challenge at Camp Nou. Copa del Rey won last season to avoid disaster on the pitch. It was at least one more trophy than Real Madrid in 2020-21. Leo Messi’s enduring brilliance helped to cover up the flaws in an old, disjointed squad.
This was due to the lackluster spark that Ansu Fati provided in the previous campaign. Pedri signed for EUR5m from Las Palmas by the Spanish ambassador. Last season, the club welcomed the Segunda-born youngster to its ranks—senior squad for Euro 2020.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a successful debut season, which has made him one of Koeman’s most prominent players. There was more. There is little to suggest that Barcelona will be able to regain its dominance in Europe or domestically. This summer, you don’t need to make a lot of money. And then Messi left for PSG.
Memphis is Koeman’s favorite place to be.
Barcelona’s problems are made worse by an audit that revealed the massive hole in the club’s accounts was even worse than initially feared; this means that you will not be able to. Keep MessiThe club cannot access the transfer market, so it operates mainly in the free deals area. Sergio Aguero was a decent acquisition from Manchester City, as was Eric Garcia. But the Argentina striker was since released. It will be ruled out until October.
With a calf injury. Koeman wanted Memphis Depay last year and got it a year later, but it was hard to believe that the Dutchman would look to his compatriot for the role of a luxury squad player rather than filling the void left behind by Messi.
There is also the Antoine Griezmann issue. The ex-Atletico forward was not settled at Camp Nou and was open to a reunion of Diego Simeone before Messi’s departure. Joan Laporta, who took over the Frenchman’s positional dilemma, is very supportive. Griezmann will now take on most of the attack, which could be a good thing for him. He can be deployed in a central position at Atletico, which is why there is every chance he will recover the form that convinced Barca to part ways with EUR120m two years ago.
The problem is that Memphis prefers to work in the same pitch area, and Aguero can be a striker out-and-out. Koeman failed to establish a clear front line last season. The Barca boss is determined to settle on one in 2021-22 However, social action is not a good indicator of how a team will respond to the competition bell.
Barca has not had an easy start from the fixture computer. Koeman must get on the ground, and Memphis will be the board’s convenient scapegoat if it doesn’t. The domestic campaign opens with games against Athletic and Real Sociedad. Barca faces Sevilla, Atletico, Valencia, and Real Madrid in the first ten weeks of Liga action.
Barcelona will get busy on the market following Messi’s loss.
It is unlikely that Barcelona will make any significant moves during the remaining summer window. If anything, it would be not very specific. The board would prefer that some players be removed from the wage bill before making any further outlays. To alleviate the club’s financial woes, the current squad has already taken substantial pay cuts.
Messi had previously agreed to a reduction of 50%, but even that was not enough to cover Laporta’s checkbook. Aguero signed on the strength he was playing alongside his international teammate and agreed to a fraction of his City wage. It persuaded new members to join a creaking team shorn of the present one of the greatest ever. Barca will have a more challenging time recruiting.
The return of Ansu after a lengthy injury lay-off the Camp Nou can expect to see more of this new signing. Ilaix MoribaIf Barca can resolve the contract dispute with teenagers, Barca B has some promising prospects that could be promoted to the first team on a week-by-week basis.Hiroki Abe and Rey Manaj, as well as the “Austrian Messi,” Yusuf Demir. Barca is looking to balance its books with new faces, other than the youth teamers.
Transfer activity in Barcelona so far in the summer of 2021
Players: Emerson RoyalBetis, EUR9mMemphis Depay(Lyon, Free).Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia(both Manchester City, Free).Alex Collado, Inaki Pena(Promoted starting in Barcelona B).
Outgoing players: Junior Firpo (EUR15m, Leeds),
Jean-Clair Todibo(EUR8.5m, Nice), Carles AlenaGetafe, EUR5mJuan Miranda(Betis, Free).Leo Messi(PSG, Free)Matheus Fernandes (Palmeiras, free),Monchu (Granada, free),Francisco Trincao(Wolves, loan).
As it stands, Barcelona’s first-team team squad:
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena
Defenders: Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Eric Garcia, Oscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergio Dest, Emerson, Sergi Roberto, Moussa Wague
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig, and Philippe Coutinho.
Forward: Ansu fati, Ousmane dembele, Antoine Griezmann. Memphis Depay. Sergio Aguero. Martin Braithwaite. Alex Collado.
What is the position of Barcelona in 2021/22
It is possible that the following XI will be in place in 2022/22/02: Ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Pique and Garcia; Dest; Busquets, De Jong, and Pedri; Memphis, Griezmann, and Dembele
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