Can Barcelona bounce back from a horrific season after their revamp over the summer transfer market or will they crumble once again?
The season of 2019/2020 was one to forget for Barcelona, as they went crashing out of the prestigious Champions League in a humiliating fashion and dropping crucial points at the end of the domestic season which saw their direct rivals Real Madrid lifting the La Liga trophy. To make matters miserable, club captain Lionel Messi, addressed his desire to leave his beloved Catalan club.
However, the Cules managed to keep their captain at Camp Nou for another season and had their work cut out after a poor season. Barcelona initiated their operations for the summer by offloading their Brazilian midfielder, Arthur Melo for 72 million euros to Juventus and completed a full circle by acquiring their midfield maestro, Miralem Pjanic.
In desperate need of a rebuild, the Barcelona board was quick to realize the gaps in the team and managed to make their second signing of the summer, the Portuguese right-winger, Fransico Trincão, was recruited for 31 million euros in order to fortify the right-wing.
After a successful season with Bayern Munich, Phillippe Coutinho returned to his parent club, Barcelona, and earned a spot in the starting 11, impressing Ronald Koeman and the Catalan board in the process. In his time with the Bavarian giants, the 28-year-old managed 11 goals and 9 assists in 38 appearances. The Cules also integrated young talents such as Pedri and Matheus Fernandes into the first team
However, Barca did very little in order to change their defensive setup, the addition of Sergino Dest from Dutch champions Ajax for 21 million euros was the maiden defensive signing. The club was also heavily linked with a move for Eric Garcia that was on till the very last day of the transfer market, however, the club failed to meet the asking price set by Manchester City.
Very little has been done so far to overcome a horrific season, however, the board believes that Ronald Koeman can work wonders with the carry squad and it is to be seen whether the Dutch manager could do so.
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