opinions | 2016-12-15
Barça aiming for Champions League glory this season
The club has struggled in La Liga this season while consistently performing well in the European competition
Twenty four Spanish titles and five Champions League triumphs later, there's no doubt Barcelona are one of Europe’s most successful football clubs. The Blaugrana have won the continent’s elite club competition three times in the last eight years; reaching the quarterfinals in every edition since 2008.
On paper, Barcelona boast the strongest forward line in world football. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the greatest player of all-time whilst Neymar and Luis Suarez are both world class stars. All three players can produce a game-changing piece of skill in a matter of seconds – and that is what separates the men from the boys.
If nothing else, Barca’s potent offensive unit are capable of overpowering their opponents and Paris Saint-Germain have been handed the daunting task of stopping the Spanish giants in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League. As of December 15th, Luis Enrique’s side are priced at 3/1 in Coral’s football tips and plenty of European football fans will be backing the five-time champions to advance to the next round.
Barcelona’s defence isn’t exactly inspiring but their attacking unit and style means that their defensive unit can get away with more mistakes and individual errors. Enrique has placed most of his emphasis on attacking football since he took over as head coach and it is hardly surprising when Barcelona concede a goal or two. Fortunately, they have enough prowess upfront to net three or four in return.
Ahead of the last 16 in the UCL, plenty of tips, news and information will be available via Coral, all the information you need in order to help make your selections. With Luis Suarez and company in fine form upfront, a number of punters may consider backing Barcelona to score a hatful of goals over the two legs. With PSG looking frail at the back without David Luiz, Barca’s front three could see plenty of chances fall their way.
If Barcelona can get past PSG, there’s absolutely no reason why they won’t go on and lift the trophy once again. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid could prove stiff opposition at the business end of the competition but Barça have the experience, the talent and the squad needed to go far in the tournament. And with the shrewd operator Enrique at the helm, Barcelona could be set for plenty of success over the next decade.
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