Barcelona arguably has one of the best teams in world football currently but the side is facing a bit of a defensive crisis. Couple that with a shallow bench strength and the double Winners could have a problem next season against the likes of solid Madrid teams and international competition from within and without Europe.
To start with the center of the park, the existing squad has the likes of Turan and Rakitic to support Iniesta and Busquets that usually make the final 11 but the bench only offered Rafinha and Sergi Roberto as options. An incoming Denis Suarez, who’s joining the Catalan side after a spell at Villareal will strengthen the availability of options at Enrique’s disposal. The bench strength, once improved, will be vital to Barcelona’s campaign with more possibility of rest for the all-important Iniesta and Busquets.
Defensively, Barcelona really needs to be in ship shape post this transfer season because the departure of a prominent Dani Alves leaves the right wing back position empty post poor performances by Alex Vidal. Parting with a bright young defender, Marc Batra, is also going to be vital as the 25-year-old impressed in the little time he was afforded. Mascherano’s exit looks eminent as there are multiple reports linking him to other clubs especially Juventus. The Turin side is the one that is primed to get Alves’ signature as well.
What Barcelona can look forward to and push through are the signings of long time targets Hector Bellerin from Arsenal and Mauricio Lemos from Las Palmas. Perusing Bellerin seems tricky with the price tag Arsenal are putting on his whereas Lemos is an affordable defensive recruit.
Barcelona don’t look to be following up on striker Nolito, interest in whom Barcelona has shown less and less of. The formidable front three, affectionately known as MSN, don’t seem to be going anywhere as they form the main strength of the team with having scored 131 goals between them.