Is it really an accomplishment to win trophies when you are managing a team that is regarded as the world’s highest rated club? It may be, but around the world, Barcelona are expected to win every trophy possible. With 3 Champions League titles between 2006 and 2012, no-one can say they have been anything other than successful. With Frank Rijkaard winning the trophy in 2006 and Guardiola winning twice in 2009 and 2011, it’s no wonder they are seen as the best.
The disappointment of not retaining the trophy in 2011/12 led to Guardiola viewing the season as a failure and leaving. Admirable setting the bar so high as a manager, but when you see the players he had at his disposal, maybe it should have been retained.
Lionel Messi is no doubt one of the best footballers the world has ever seen. With countless stars and former footballers calling him the greatest ever player. There is not many who would argue that point. This is a footballer who has won almost everything possible, been presented with every award going and holds countless records to his name. He must, at the very least, be regarded as the finest player of his generation.
Xavi and Iniesta are players who are often spoken of together. Whatever one can’t do, the other fills that gap and together they are the greatest midfielders ever to wear the shirt of the Catalan giants. They are the two players that make the team tick. Every opportunity comes from a Xavi or Iniesta pass. Although it is usually Messi who gets full credit when he puts the ball in the net.
Gerard Pique is, simply put, one the best centre backs in the world. Since Puyol has been going downhill it is Pique who has gained notice, consistently performing well and sweeping up at the back.
With a set of players like these, a brick wall in defence, a midfield capable of anything, and a strike force that includes Messi, who could deny Barcelona are the best team in the world?
Currently the only Spanish side to have won the League, Cup and CL treble, they have proved themselves as history makers.
Not satisfied with having the best team in the world, Tito Vilanova seems to be experimenting with their style of play. Could this backfire on him? Their most recent game against Sevilla seems to suggest they are playing a dangerous game. Barcelona only won the game after scoring twice in the last two minutes, ending in a 3-2 victory. A risk that cannot be repeated.
Will they manage yet another trophy winning campaign under Vilanova’s guidance? With La Liga getting more competitive, and clubs of the highest calibre battling to win the Champions League, it could be quite a challenge. It will be interesting to see how Barcelona’s season unfolds…
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