More Important Than Messi? Why Barcelona Should Focus On This Area To Continue Dominating World Football

Barcelona had a narrow escape last year when an end-season slump saw Real Madrid almost catch up with them. But it was clear that the two Madrid sides were gradually becoming better prepared when it came to facing the Catalan giant. Luis Enrique had a pressing issue in the form of adding cover for the famed MSN as they didn’t really have a player who could step in and try to replicate even half of what Neymar and Suarez do. But they were in-principle unsuccessful as their main targets rejected a chance to move to Barcelona as a bench role was clearly evident.

But scoring goals was never a problem for them and isn’t even now. One of the main reasons why they haven’t been able to replicate their overall wholesome passing game consistently has been the uncertainty and the slump in their defensive ranks this year. And when further studied, most of it has been due to the unusual loss of form of Sergio Busquets. Here is a player who has been pivotal to what Barcelona have done over the years. He shields the defence, has an unflappable demeanour and dictates the pace of the game from his pivot.

Followers of the game have always gone beyond the likes of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi and appreciated Busquets’ role in their achievements. But this season, things haven’t been the same for him. Teams are more willing to attack Barcelona and have evolved and adjusted their tactics in order to try and isolate the players on the pitch. His speed or the lack of it, over a yard has been found out at times and his reactions haven’t been at their best.

Barcelona Media Day

While Barcelona fret over trying to figure out the way forward when Messi eventually retires, there are other areas on the pitch too which needs monitoring, maybe even sooner.

The likes of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez have been signed in midfield with an eye on the future. They are certainly a part of the plan which is being put together to replace Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. And while Iniesta and Xavi are indeed irreplaceable, the club has to try and minimalise their absence eventually.

And they can try and put their faith in the young blood and mould them for the long haul or else try and sign an established lad and look to integrate the likes of Gomes and Suarez with new signings.

Yes, Messi is synonymous with Barcelona but for the Blaugrana to carry on the Legacy, first they have to make sure that their midfield 3 is put in order.

 

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

Swansea City Simply Must Seal The Transfer Of This Newcastle United Star

Next Story »

Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup Vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle; Warburton To Stick To The Winning Formula?

T40 SCOUTING

  • Manchester City And This Prolific Bundesliga Sensation: A Match Made In Heaven?

    3 days ago

    For those who do not fully know him yet, let me introduce him to you. He is Timo Werner and he came to his current club RB ...

    Read More
  • Why This Former Bundesliga Star Could Be A Game Changer For Brighton & Hove Albion This Season

    6 days ago

    Brighton and Hove Albion are one of three promoted clubs in the Premier League this season. The Seagulls, having made an astonishing entry to the Premier League, ...

    Read More
  • SWOT Analysis Of This Bundesliga Defensive Rock Pursued By Newcastle United

    2 weeks ago

    If reports are to be believed, Newcastle United are interested in Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui. The Magpies are reportedly looking for a defensive midfielder in the market ...

    Read More
  • SWOT Analysis Of This Bundesliga Marksman Closely Monitored By Leeds United

    2 weeks ago

    According to reports, Leeds United are interested in HSV striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, following their failed attempts to sign top target Ashley Fletcher, after the youngster moved to ...

    Read More
  • SWOT Analysis Of Stoke City’s Latest Signing: Will He Prove To Be A Good Buy?

    2 weeks ago

    Stoke City have recently announced the signing of Schalke winger Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting. The 28-year-old, Hamburg born attacker arrived at the bet365 stadium as a free agent ...

    Read More