Following a magnificent 2014/15 season, which saw the Catalan club winning another treble, an inevitable question strikes our mind: can they win back-to-back Champions League crowns?
The present version of the Champions League has never seen a defending champion successfully defend its title. The Rossoneri were the last club to win the then 'European Champion Clubs' Cup' consecutively in 1989 and 1990.
The answer to this perennial question is asked every season, but met with the same answer every time. Last season Real were on course to do the impossible, however they faltered at the semis to a drilled Juventus side. This season the daunting task of replicating glory falls on Barcelona.
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The Blaugranas started the 2014/15 season on a strong note. But after defeat in the El Classico they lost their rhythm for a brief period. Things turned sour when reports of a rift between their talisman Messi and manager Luis Enrique emerged.
All changed with the New Year and the club played some of the most ruthless football ever witnessed. Messi, Neymar and Suarez plundered and created goals as the trio became unstoppable. On their way to the crown they beat the champions of England, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy becoming the first team to do so.
Is it possible?
With the imminent beginning of the new season much is talked about Barcelona and the Champions League. There is no doubt regarding the quality of the present side but successfully defending the title at the European stage is a whole new ball game. With Barcelona having to field the same crop of players till the end of 2015, it gives its European compatriots an advantage.
But with the capture of Arda Turan from rivals Athletico Madrid and Aleix Vidal from Sevilla, it seems that their pull is never ending in spite of their ongoing transfer ban. They have been also linked with a potential move for Paul Pogba, who would prove a remarkable coup. These signings are sure to bolster the already near perfect squad they have now. Still one question lingers: Is it enough?
If Barcelona manage to play the same way they did during the latter part of last season, one can very well witness history. They already boast of the fearsome MSN trio who are some of the fittest players in the world. With the addition of Turan, it gives a new dimension to their midfield. Vidal may also prove to be a tough competitor for the ageing Dani Alves.
They have two excellent keepers in Ter Stegen and Bravo who recently won the Copa America with Chile. Their shaky defense also proved their worth last season conceding only 38 times last term.
Overall, it appears that Barcelona have possibly the best chance to create history this time. Only time will give us the answer to this never ending question.
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