Top 5 Barcelona players this season
Considering the preseason, FC Barcelona was one of the least clubs that anyone would expect to achieve a successful campaign. The Catalans lost one of their finest players, Neymar Junior, to PSG in a highly controversial deal before landing in a crisis that threatened the progress of the club. The humiliation they suffered at the hands of Real Madrid during the Supercopa also suggested that they were not ready for the new campaign.
As a matter of fact, the Blaugrana faced problems after problems, which was enough to tear them apart. However, instead of bowing to their challenges, the club used them as motivation as they entered into the new campaign. They worked together as a unit with great determination and incomparable loyalty, fighting hard to preserve their hard-earned reputation and fantastic legacies. Their first match wasn't very impressive, but they managed to secure a vital victory and that was the foundation which they built upon.
Slow and steady wins the race, they say. Courtesy of their incredible attitude and fantastic efforts, the Blaugrana have overcome all the problems that blighted the club initially and finally reinstated their stand as one of the most dominant clubs in Europe. From underrated to Spanish Champions, they are now the team that everyone must be wary of.
The Blaugrana have had an amazing season, winning both the La Liga title and the Copa Del Rey trophy. They are also the most impressive team in the Spanish top flight during the campaign, going 36 matches without conceding a defeat.
We cannot mention the achievements of the club without paying homage to those players who gave their all to influence the campaign for good. Those amazing superstars who worked hard, through pain and sweat to propel the Blaugrana to another successful season deserve some respect. Therefore let us look at the 5 most impressive players in the Barcelona squad this season:
#5 Samuel Umtiti
When Ernesto Valverde took over from Luis Enrique in the summer, the tactician introduced defensive rigidity in the team and that of course, rested on the shoulders of one man, Samuel Umtiti. In fact, Barcelona's 36-game unbeaten run owe so much to the presence of 24-year old in their defensive line.
The Frenchman has been rock-solid at the back, making vital blocks and interceptions to deny opposition attackers. His composure, footwork, and physicality have been great assets to the team. Umtiti played important roles in Barcelona's title charge this season, helping the Barca defense to keep 18 clean sheets in the Spanish top flight.
So far, the defender has recorded 17 blocks, 50 tackles, and 37 interceptions in La Liga this season, while in the Champions League he has 7 blocks, 12 tackles and 20 interceptions to his name.