Barcelona found it difficult to cope with the might of other big-name clubs in the last term and were not able to advance much further in the UEFA Champions League, which has always been a happy hunting ground for them. In the last two seasons, however, they have not made it past the quarterfinal stage, leading to the disappointment for their fans as well as players in the biggest club competition in Europe.
They also got themselves dethroned as the Spanish La Liga champions, as their arch rivals won the coveted title in the last season, making it even more pathetic for the Catalan giants. Their only consolation came in the form of the Copa Del Rey title, as the Blaugrana went on to beat Deportivo Alaves to get their hands on the prestigious trophy, it being their only silverware for the last term.
However, the Spanish club is looking to make amends for their mistakes as well as lost chances from the last term and are willing to get themselves in the position they have lost over the last few seasons in the European circuit as well as in the domestic competitions. They were eyeing a revamping of their team and get some new players who will able to help them on their road to redemption.
That expectation, though, took a huge blow on its chin this summer, as one of their mainstays in attack, the Brazilian dazzler Neymar made a move out of Nou Camp and went on to join the French side Paris Saint Germain on a world record transfer fee. However, the Blaugrana have got themselves some new players to start a new season on a high note and are hopeful that the departure of the Selecaos skipper will not hinder their revival in the new season.
It did not turn a very good transfer window for Barcelona this summer in terms of incoming players, as they were not able to get any substantial signings other than the French youngster Ousmane Dembele under their belt.
The Catalan giants went pretty close to get their desired candidate in the form of the Brazilian attacker Phillipe Coutinho from Liverpool and launched a number of bids to get the player into their side for the new season but were left disappointed as the Reds denied the possibility of parting with their prized possession this summer.
With all their new signings playing at tandem, the Barcelona side can look like this for the rest of the season-
Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Paulinho, Busquets, Roberto, Deulofeu/Dembele, Messi, Suarez.