Barcelona set for another history-making season

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Barcelona head into the 2015/16 season with another sextuple on their minds.

Still the only side in over 150 years of football to have achieved the feat, make no mistake, the Catalans are intent on making history again.

But are their ambitions realistic?


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First up is Sevilla in the European Super Cup. In a one-off game against Barca, Unai Emery's side have shown that they are more than a match for their illustrious opponents.

Emery has still yet to taste victory against any Barcelona side mind you, so he needs to come up with a formula that allows him to do something that has been hitherto beyond him.

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Of course, it depends which Sevilla turn up to the party.

The one that meekly surrendered at the Camp Nou last season, when Lionel Messi's hat trick on a 5-1 mauling saw him become La Liga's greatest ever marksman.


Or the one that battled back from 2-0 down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and really should've gone on to win the game.

Barca haven't disgraced themselves so far in this pre-season. The defeat to Manchester United looks worse on paper than it was in reality. Three times hitting the woodwork and a marginal offside decision put a very different complexion on proceedings.

Bizarrely, UEFA have decreed that this final will be played in Tblisi, Georgia, thousands of miles from Spain.

Surely common sense decrees that the decision on where to play this game each year, if it's not to be in its usual Monaco home, is made after the conclusion of the previous seasons Champions League final?

The long and arduous journey could well tip the advantage Sevilla's way, but Luis Enrique will ensure his charges are ready.

Whether they safely negotiate their first hurdle to further success or not, immediately following that final is the opening weekend of La Liga and a two-legged affair with Athletic Club de Bilbao for the right to win the Supercopa de Espana.

Difficult San Mames

Over the two legs you feel that the Blaugrana will probably have enough to take the tie, but that isn't to discount Los Leones. Far from it in fact.

As they should in the final of the Copa Del Rey, they have individuals that are more than capable of springing a surprise. Players such as Inaki Williams and Aritz Arduriz.

San Mames has never been the easiest of grounds to get a victory and Barca will be hard pressed to repeat their heroics of last season there.

As long as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez stay free of injuries in the opening few games then there's little reason to think that they can't make it five out of five in 2015.

The Club World Cup should be a procession for a team such as Barca, but complacency is their biggest enemy.


Plenty of times before now teams have come undone when over-confident.

Perhaps the biggest challenges of all await in La Liga and the Champions League again. No team has defended the latter in the modern era but Barca have a team that is well-equipped to come very close if not make more history.

Real Madrid will challenge hard in La Liga, as will the usual suspects in Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla.

Of all of the trophies available to them, that is the one that might well be beyond them.

All of Barca's goals are achievable but in order to bring them home, the Catalans need to remain injury free, have a slice or two of luck along the way and make sure that their defence remains as miserly as it did last season whilst ensuring its attack continue to out score just about everyone.

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