European giants, Barcelona go into next season on a bit of a mixed note, considering that they dominated the La Liga but failed in Europe last time around. They have been linked with a number of top stars ahead of the next campaign and here, we take a look at how they would lineup if they signed both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann.
11. GK – Marc-Andre ter Stegen
The German has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time at the Nou Camp and no doubt is one of the key members of the side. He will be expected to once again continue his form in goal and help Barcelona’s sometimes shaky backline.
10. RB – Nelson Semedo
Nelson Semedo joined Barcelona in 2017 but it was only last season that he made the right-back position his own, appearing 46 times in all competitions, during which he managed to score one goal.
He will be expected to be first choice once again, though the Catalan’s also have the option of using Sergi Roberto if needed.
9. CB – Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique has been a mainstay at the heart of the defence for well over a decade and will continue to do so till he eventually hangs up his boots. The 32-year-old made 52 appearances for the club last season and was their best defender, even contributing in attack with seven goals.
He will once again need to be at his best if they are to challenge for trophies next season.
8. CB – Clement Lenglet
Signed by the club last season, Clement Lenglet made an immediate impact for them, making 45 appearances overall, while also chipping in with two goals. That he found a place in the first XI was thanks to the injury suffered by Samuel Umtiti and has impressed so much that the management are willing to let go of the Frenchman in the summer.
7. LB – Jordi Alba
Another player who has been a reliable presence on the left side of the defence for seven years now has been Jordi Alba, who is a complete team player and one of the very few who enjoys a telepathic connection with club talisman, Lionel Messi.
The Spaniard who has in the past admitted that he wants to stay on at the Nou Camp for the foreseeable future, made 54 appearances last term, netting three goals and being a brilliant outlet on the left.
6. CM – Sergio Busquets
Hailed by many as one of the best defensive midfielders in the history of the sport, Sergio Busquets has remained a one-club man and will continue to do so next season. The Spaniard is a key cog in the Barcelona machine, as seen by the 54 appearances he made last season and though there are concerns over his speed, there is no doubt that he is the backbone around which the team functions.
5. CM – Arthur
Arthur was hailed as the next Xavi and while those are big boots to fill, the Brazilian has lived upto expectations atleast in his first season with the club. The Brazilian made 44 appearances last season, and though he is yet open his goalscoring account, he impressed sufficiently enough to earn a place in the first XI come next season.
4. CM – Frenkie de Jong
Barcelona’s newest signing and Ajax sensation, Frenkie de Jong arrives at the Nou Camp with great expectations place on his shoulders and he looks ready for it, considering he put in sensational performances for both club and country last season.
The 22-year-old has been compared to the likes of Johan Cryuff and Andres Iniesta and if he can emulate even 50 percent of their success, then the club would consider it to be money well spent.
3. RW – Lionel Messi
One of the greatest players in the history of the sport, if not the greatest, needs no introduction and will be once again key if Barcelona are to compete for the treble next season. Messi was at his destructive best last campaign, scoring 51 goals in 50 games, topping the goalscoring charts which led him to win a record sixth European Golden Shoe.
2. LW – Neymar
Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 to come out Messi’s shadow and become the best player in the world, but alas that has not happened for the Brazilian. He has performed brilliantly when on the pitch, but injury and off-field issues have taken precedence off late.
His return to Barcelona would not only make the Spanish side stronger, but also see him return to a place where he seemed happy.
1. ST – Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona have long been linked with Antoine Griezmann and if reports are to be believed then the Frenchman will soon be plying his trade at the Nou Camp. If this happens, then he would most probably find himself playing as the sole striker, something which he does with aplomb for his country.
His inclusion would no doubt give Barcelona a boost, particularly in Europe where Luis Suarez has struggled off late.