PSV Barcelona Champions League Tactical Analysis

Overview

FC Barcelona are a football club that were formed in 1899 in the Catalonia region and have become one of the most successful clubs to have ever been created in the Spanish game since their existence. The club, who are nicknamed Blaugrana, have managed to amass no fewer than a record 74 trophies, which includes 26 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies. The club’s success continued in international competitions as well, with Barcelona having won no fewer than 20 European and worldwide titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.

The Catalonian outfit play their matches at the iconic Camp Nou. The stadium is a legendary venue as it has been used for some of the biggest events in the world and continuously attracts large crowds when Barcelona host their matches in competitive fixtures. With almost 100,000 fans being able to fit (99,354), the stadium certainly has one of the best atmospheres the world has ever witnessed.

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2019/20 campaign

FC Barcelona had what could be called a rather disappointing season with all things considered under Quique Setien’s guidance. The club were pipped to the La Liga title by arch-rivals Real Madrid, whilst their Copa del Rey hopes were smashed into oblivion when they were beaten by Athletic Club Bilbao in the quarter-final stages of the competition.

Indeed, the club did manage to achieve a place in the Champions League, in which they still have hopes of progressing and eventually winning to try and save Setien some credibility, although the rumour mill has continued to go into overdrive in recent weeks, as national media start to pile on the pressure.

As to be expected of a side like Blaugrana’s stature, the club did not struggle at home to get results when playing in La Liga, as they won 16 of the 19 fixtures played at the Camp Nou, having drawn two and losing just the one – a shock 2-1 defeat to CA Osasuna in the final home match of the 2019/20 La Liga campaign.

Despite finishing second, Setien’s side found it more difficult on their travels, as they dropped points on ten of the 19 matches played; having drawn five and losing five more, therefore winning just nine.

Lionel Messi continued to lead the goalscoring charts for FC Barcelona over the course of the season as he bagged 25 in Spain’s top-flight, whilst Luis Suarez was fourth on the division’s list with 16 of his own – despite being his least productive season at the club.

2020/21 preview

So, what can be expected of FC Barcelona in the upcoming 2020/21 La Liga campaign, as well as the various competitions they are involved in? Well, a reaction should certainly be expected.

Whether the club decide to stick with Setien remains to be seen as it may all rest on how well their 2019/20 Champions League quest turns out, however there have been additions to the squad that suggest they are prepared to fight to get what they will believe is theirs.

Men such as Miralem Pjanic will certainly be arriving in the summer as he completed a swap deal with Arthur heading to Juventus FC, whilst there has been non-stop rumours regarding the possibility of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez joining at some point as well.

Furthermore, it seems the Blaugrana are prepared to cut the deadwood from the squad, with numerous names all appearing to be on the chopping block as the Catalan’s look to undergo a rebuild of mass proportions.

Players said to be involved in this process include: Neto, Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo, Samuel Umtiti, Jean-Clair Todibo, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Rafinha and Ivan Rakitic while attackers Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Philippe Coutinho are also deemed surplus to requirements.