5 reasons why Barcelona will win the Champions League this season
Barcelona have started the season on song, with only four points dropped in all competitions. But most of the victories have seemed pyrrhic to the fans, many of them have not been impressed by the play under Ernesto Valverde.
Although the concerns of the fans hold some truth, Barcelona are still a force to reckon with, especially at the European stage. Here are 5 reasons why Barcelona will win the Champions League this season:
#5 Desire to win the tournament after disappointing campaigns
With players who have won the Champions League four times in their career, the fact that FC Barcelona has qualified to the semis only once in the last four campaigns is a huge disappointment to the players.
This definitely has ignited a spark within the players, especially the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets who know the importance of winning the cup, to make that extra effort to go all the way in this year's tournament.
Their last Champions League winning campaign in 2015 was phenomenal, with the team being clinical on all three major fronts consequently clinching a treble. The next two seasons proved to be disappointments in the Champions League though, especially last season, when they were pummeled 4-0 by PSG and 3-0 by Juventus, because of which fans began questioning the end of an era for Barcelona.
But with things looking up again this season, the team looks to be on the right path to do well in the Champions League. The team has been grinding out victories, albeit dull, but the results are what matter at the end of the day.
This desire to win has long been missing since Luis Enrique's tenure as manager began, and this desire to win is what could propel them to bring back the Champions League to the Camp Nou. At this point last season, Barca had played 11 out of which they won 8 and lost 2 including one to newcomers Alaves at home, scoring 32 goals and conceding 13.
This season, they have dropped just 2 points in 11 games, scoring 30 goals and conceding a meagre 4. This clearly shows that they are not going for victories filled with flair, rather, they are playing for results and making sure that they do not slip up.
They have scored lesser goals than last season at this point but are still in a much better position and that is an indicator of the result-oriented approach. All in all, Barcelona look like they are in for the long haul this season.