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5 reasons why Barca is a strong candidate for the Champions League title this season

The Camp Nou team is full of hope to raise the elephant ear trophy after many years of failure in this prestigious arena.

The Camp Nou team is full of hope to raise the elephant ear trophy after many years of failure in this prestigious arena.

Barcelona’s financial crisis in the wake of the pandemic has been well documented in the press. The Catalan “giant” is expected to be left behind by other European “giants” because they do not have enough financial resources to compete in the market.

However, everything is completely reversed compared to the predictions of experts in this summer transfer window. Barca is one of the most active clubs in the market and has added a lot of quality contracts to Xavi Hernandez’s army.

To get the above results, president Joan Laporta had to activate some “financial leverage” to bring in great financial resources for Barca. However, he and his associates still have a lot of important work to do, such as liquidating unnecessary players to register their rookies.

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But overall, everything is fine with Barca. They are about to enter the 2022/23 season with a squad that possesses extremely scary power. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why Barca will be the favorites to win the Champions League this season.

The best young talents in the world

In the past few seasons, Barca has been forced to innovate and focus on developing young talent. They did an excellent job on this. The results of Barca’s efforts are shown through world-class young players like Pedri, Gavi or Ansu Fati.

Pedri and Gavi have even been compared to the legendary duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Although there is still a long way to go to match the two famous former players, the La Masia academy prodigy couple certainly has the potential to do so. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati is one of the most interesting young attacking players in Europe at the moment. Possessing these young talents helps Barca greatly increase their chances of winning in every tournament they participate in with the quality of the squad depth.

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Barca has experienced players who know how to overcome difficult challenges. They will be supported by talented prodigies who can create surprises no one could imagine.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid won the Champions League last season. For the 5th time in the last 9 seasons, they were crowned European champions. To be fair, Los Blancos is a good yardstick to gauge any team’s chances of success in Europe’s top league.

 

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Barca once crushed Real Madrid with a score of 4-0 right at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last time the two teams met in La Liga. Recently, the Catalan giants once again defeated their great rivals – this time with a more modest score of 1-0 – just weeks ago in a pre-season friendly. This achievement shows that Xavi’s army can completely play very well in this Champions League.

Xavi’s idea

There are few who worry about whether Xavi is the right man for the job as Barca captain. The Spanish strategist has done very well in his first half season as the coach of the Camp Nou team. Xavi brings a breath of fresh air and helps the players start playing some really exciting football.

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After a few missteps, Xavi now has a strong squad ahead of the new season. Not to mention, his plans and ideas are taking shape more clearly than ever. Many people even imagine the silhouette of the most glorious glory days gradually returning to Camp Nou.

Goods are too diverse

There is no need to elaborate on this. Barca’s attack has Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski. These are all stars who have been tested for their level and class.

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A few injury problems will not affect Barca’s momentum this season. They have the best wingers and strikers in the world in their squad. That will make Barca a real force in the Champions League next season.

Lewandowski’s influence

Everyone knows the fact that the individual brilliance of Karim Benzema was the factor that helped Real Madrid win the Champions League last season. Barca have been without a striker reaching the stature of the French star since Luis Suarez left in the summer of 2020.

Depay’s injury problems limited his appearances last season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang somewhat overcame Barca’s scoring problem in the second half of the season, scoring 13 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions. 

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But Lewandowski is a “monster” scoring goals on another level. The Polish superstar has received the European Golden Shoe in the last 2 seasons. Owning this reliable goalscorer immediately makes Barca a top candidate in next season’s Champions League.

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