– Barcelona now look difficult to win the Champions League again. Though they have tried hard to m
The Catalans last won the Champions League trophy in 2015. Since then, they have never been able to lift it again.
Barcelona were eliminated from European competition in a shameful way in the last two seasons. After winning big in the first leg, Barca just beaten in the second leg from AS Roma and Liverpool.
La Liga champions are back to doing big shopping in the summer transfer market. They spend money to recruit players such as Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Hiroki Abe, Neto and Junior Firpo.
With the presence of new players, Barcelona surely want to compete again in the Champions League. However, they are believed to still not be able to do much in European competition.
Here are four reasons why Barcelona will not win the Champions League this season as reported by Sportskeeda.
Ernesto Valverde
Why is Valverde still on duty at Camp Nou? That is the question of most Barcelona fans and it is clear that the interpreter of tactics still has the support of the council.
It has been two years since Barcelona failed to achieve Europe under the care of the former Bilbao manager. Valverde could not do much when his team was beaten by Rome two years ago. The same thing was repeated last season after Liverpool thwarted the Blaugrana into the final.
Spain's pragmatic style of play is detrimental to Barca. Valverde was never successful in the Champions League. It's clear he doesn't have the right systems and experience to succeed in Europe. Therefore, it is very difficult to imagine Barca winning the Champions League under his direction.
Dependence on Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's presence is undoubtedly an extraordinary blessing for any team. Barcelona is very fortunate to have Messi on his team.
However, problems arose after Barcelona relied too heavily on Messi's brilliance. La Liga has only been running for three matches and Barcelona look difficult without Messi's presence. After Messi has been injured, Ernesto Valverde's men have won only one of their three matches so far. They only collect four points and sit in eighth position in the La Liga standings.
The Champions League is far more difficult than La Liga. It's clear that Barca will be in trouble without their captain. If Messi suffers an injury during the knockout phase or an important match, Barcelona can forget to lift the Champions League.
Fragile Defense
Barcelona's difficulty in the Champions League over the past few years is due to the large number of goals that have gone into their goal. Since becoming champions in 2015, their Blaugrana defense has been in the spotlight.
In the 2015/16 season, the Catalan team were slaughtered 4-0 by PSG. However, in the end they managed to get rid of the French giant with an extraordinary comeback.
They have also been humiliated by Roma, who overturned a 4-1 defeat to defeat the Blaugrana with a 3-0 win in Italy. Meanwhile, the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last season is still fresh in memory. Barca cannot win the Champions League if they continue to concede many goals.
The revival of the Premier League Club
One reason why the Champions League is superior to other club competitions is that the level of competition is increasing every year. Because of this, Barcelona can again fail in Europe again as a result of the increasing intensity of Premier League clubs.
Spanish teams dominated the Champions League between 2014 and 2018. Last season, the Premier League club took over. For the first time in history, four teams from the same domestic division made it to the finals in two European tournaments. Liverpool and Tottenham face each other directly in the Champions League, while Chelsea and Arsenal fight in the Europa League.
Premier League teams don't slow down. They increase their strength every season. In fact, the rise of English clubs sent threatening messages to other European teams – including Barcelona. Teams like Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG will also go all out to win the Champions League this season after spending a lot of money in the summer.
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