ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
Barcelona was a dreadful team ten years ago, and opponents generally preferred to defend solidly rather than attack the star-studded side. Today, opponents are daring to take on the Catalan giants, and this is only one of the few clues that the club may not win any trophies this season.
1. Barça is playing outside their comfort zone.
Barcelona has a distinct style of play, tiki-taka, but statistics show that they do not play in this manner throughout the game. Pique had to play like a striker against Granada, and Barcelona had 54 crosses into the opposition box, which is exceptional. It didn't even yield many results, as they only came through the back end of the internet once.
It's a negative sign if you don't believe in tiki-taka, because it's the style that has helped the team win many trophies. If they continue to play in this manner, which does not suit a team like Granada, they will lose points on a regular basis and win nothing.
2. Excessive Self Criticism.
When Messi left, Pique stated nothing would be the same in Barcelona; when they lost to Bayern, he said the squad had too many young players; when they drew with Granada, he added, "it is what it is."
Koeman also stated that the club is not the same as it was eight years ago, implying that there is a lack of belief in the club's ability to succeed.
3. Barcelona is a weaker team.
Messi argued in Barcelona that the team should spend money on players who can help them win titles, since great players are crucial.
Barcelona have a poorer team than the one that won only the Copa del Rey last season due to the absence of viable replacements for Messi and Griezmann.
4. A lot of injuries.
Players like Ansu Fati, Dembélé, Pedri, Alba, and Aguero can aid Barcelona, but they are all injured. Barcelona will lose irreversible points in La Liga Santander and the Champions League if injury concerns continue.
5. Manager's discomfort.
We're only a few weeks into the 2021/2022 season, and there's already speculation regarding the coach's future. Toni Freixa, one of Barcelona's presidential candidates, was correct when he said, "We've just had four rounds of the league season, and we're questioning if Koeman should stay or go." He won't be able to work in peace if there's so much exterior and internal noise.”
Do you think it's too early to pass judgment on Barcelona, or do you believe they will be unable to win any titles this season?
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