Koeman’s incompetence as a manager has led to doubts over his future in the past few weeks. The Dutchman has made his share of errors and tactically, he has been inept. Opting for wrong formations and poor in-game decisions in crucial games have cost his side many points.
The reality is that this Barcelona side is under reconstruction, the team has plenty of magical talents at its disposal. Pedri, Gavi, Nico, Araujo, Fati, Demir, Dest and Balde have a bright future ahead. But the lack of experience plays an important part in the end.
Currently, Barcelona has missed many players through injury. Aguero and Dembele were ruled out at the start of the season and now as they have returned to the side, Araujo and Pedri are recovering from their injuries. Jordi Alba is also doing his best to be at his best after his injury. On the other hand, Dembele will be back by the end of the month if his recovery goes as planned.
Ansu Fati has already made his comeback to the side and has bagged 2 goals already. Both the club and the manager don’t want to take any risk with Ansu. Ansu played for an hour against Valencia and was brought on during halftime against Dynamo Kyiv. He could be ready for complete games by the end of October.
Barcelona lost both Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the same transfer window and their absence in the team is visible. Ansu’s return has given a boost to the attack and link-up play between him and Memphis has looked more cohesive with him on the field. Sergio Aguero has already made his LaLiga and Champions League debut for Barca and will be lethal if these three starts to click.
Barcelona is yet to win against a big team in LaLiga and the Champions League. The chances of Barcelona winning the league are very low but the return of key players could spice up the title race. Barcelona is very much capable of a top 3 finish but dethroning Atletico looks like an impossible task.
The Champions League is won by a team of champions, who know what it takes to win the majestic trophy. Without Messi, this Barcelona side looks average compared to other clubs from their group. After the Champions League draw, Barcelona looked favourites to grab the second spot behind Bayern but after a 3-0 thrashing against Benfica, even qualifying from the group looks demanding at the moment. Even if Barca qualify, they would not last much beyond the Round of 16.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last season but required unreal comebacks to go on and win the trophy. Barcelona will try to win this silverware again but in recent years we have witnessed many upsets against big teams. A semi-final or final finish is possible for the Blaugrana and it will be an uphill fight for the Catalans to win the cup.
The Spanish Super Cup will be played in Dubai as COVID restrictions are slowly cooling down. Athletic Bilbao defeated Barcelona in a 3-2 comeback win in Sevilla last season. As per many reports, we could have an El Clásico in the semi-final. The games will be played in January and there could be various changes in the squad or management till the next transfer window. Barcelona could fancy their chances for another silverware but this Sunday’s El Clasico will give a clear picture of what expectations to be kept from this Barcelona side.