Barcelona’s Unconvincing La Liga Title Triumph Leaves More Questions Than Answers
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A Phenomenal Defensive Effort, But What Next?
For Barcelona, their first La Liga title since 2019 has come with a sense of unease. The team may have matched a 21st-century record by becoming champions with four games to spare, but the campaign has been unconvincing and raises more questions than answers.The main reason for Barca’s title triumph is their phenomenal defensive effort. They won eleven games with a 1-0 scoreline and are set to break La Liga’s record of conceding just eighteen goals in a season, having only conceded thirteen so far. Their excellent goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen played an enormous part in this achievement.
This defensive success was achieved due to major alterations made at the backline. Alex Balde replaced Jordi Alba as left-back while Jules Kounde signed last summer from Sevilla was used out wide because of the squad’s lack of other candidates for that position after Hector Bellerin struggled immensely. Though he played well at right-back throughout the entire season, fans believe his future lies alongside Uruguayan powerhouse Ronald Araujo in central defense.
Dilemma Surrounds Midfield Positional Play
The club captain Sergio Busquets has announced that he will leave when his contract ends this year-end leading to more confusion about who can replace him despite his physical shortcomings.
The midfield conundrum is not about the replacement but how to change Barca’s traditional approach of heavily based positional play. The more dynamic modern football demands a different approach and even passing specialist coach Xavi has had to compromise his beliefs this season, playing four midfielders in a box shape for greater strength in the center of the pitch. Unfortunately, that often led to a lack of attacking fluidity resulting in numerous 1-0 victories.
New Arrival or Ex-Barcelona player Lionel Messi
Barcelona fans are still debating whether it would be wise to bring back ex-player Lionel Messi, who experienced mixed feelings after his stint at Paris St-Germain.