The 2016/17 season was not one that we Barca fans will want to remember. We won’t talk about how that lot from Madrid won La Liga. We definitely won’t talk about Juventus. So, what else is there? Well, of course, there is the future. Let’s talk about that!
Things can change very quickly in football and if last season wasn’t one of our finest of all time, there’s no reason to say that the next one can’t be. The dust has yet to even begin to settle on the 2016/17 campaign, but here we assess our chances of reclaiming La Liga in 12 months’ time.
Barca are actually favourites in the very early La Liga betting for next term. We’re priced at odds of even money, whilst “they” are a shade longer at odds of 11/10. Indeed, lest any real gloom linger for too long, you should also know that the oddsmakers have installed Barcelona as favourites for next season’s Champions League too!
Lionel Messi and co are rated as a 9/2 shot to lift the Champions League in 2018. Again, that other bunch from the capital are not far behind in the betting, available at odds of 11/2. (Latest odds provided by www.FootballBettingHub.Com. Even the best of teams can have a bad day – or season – whilst even lesser clubs can, from time to time, enjoy great success. Leicester City, we’re looking at you.
As the quote, attributed to a number of different people, goes: “Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue”.
Which begs the question, is 2017-18 our season to soar high above the rest of the pack in La Liga. Or will some white mierda de pájaro descend on us?
Well, surprise, surprise, we’re here to say that next year, this mighty and irrepressible club, this force of nature, this institution, will return to its rightful place. Of course, it will not be easy and we have in line a hugely interesting summer of transfer rumours. Then yet more rumours. And more. And, perhaps, somewhere along the line the odd signing.
The huge TV deals in England and, to a lesser extent, Germany mean that the market is hotter and harder than ever. We do not yet know what will happen to Neymar and there is even, whisper it very, very quietly, the outside chance that Lionel Messi could leave.
That said, we fancy the odds of Cristiano Ronaldo moving to the Red half of Manchester are better than those of Messi moving to the Blue half. Ignoring the financial allure of the English sides, the fact remains that for many players, especially in Spain and South America, Barca has an almost unique appeal.
And of course, whilst La Liga cannot compete financially with the Premier League, there is no doubt that Blaugrana can punch its weight. The squad undoubtedly needs additions, with midfield an area for concern. Oriol Romeu has come on leaps and bounds away from Camp Nou and could be interesting, whilst Ander Herrera is another potential target. The former Atheltic Bilbao star has enjoyed a great season at Man United, was voted their player of the year and is now a full Spain international.
Ultimately though, perhaps we are just optimists. Football is as much about faith and hope as logic, so, take it from us, Barca will win La Liga next season!