Barcelona: What can we expect from Messi, Neymar and Suarez in 2015/16

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Barcelona begin their defence as La Liga and European champions with the sound of universal praise once again ringing in their ears.

When Pep Guardiola's Barcelona achieved complete European dominance in 2008-09 there was a sense that we were witnessing was football's greatest ever team; football so good that it would never be repeated.

Whilst the fluency and aesthetics of that side will arguably stand the test of time, just six years on and Luis Enrique's own treble winners have surpassed much of what Guardiola achieved.


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50 wins from 60 games played in 2014/15 is a club record; 175 goals scored is another. Perhaps one mark stands above all others, however.

Of the 175 goals scored, an incredible 122 were claimed by three players - Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Three players whose mere mention strikes fear into the heart of any opposition.

Record breakers

In many respects, 'MSN' have already reached such magnificent heights as a trio that the only way is down, but that is precisely what all three would hope you would believe, because make no mistake, the Catalans are up for doing it all again.

The possibility of becoming the first and only team to do the double sextuple and the first to retain the Champions League in its current format, dangles tantalisingly.

That the final of European football's premier showpiece is at the home of AC Milan, the last side to retain the trophy, is one of those quirky side notes that football often throws up.

Quickfire Suarez

Suarez has had a head start on his striking colleagues in a role-reversal of sorts from last season, and the Uruguayan is certainly going about his business with aplomb.

Despite a relatively unsuccessful pre-season for Barcelona overall, Suarez can be pleased with his work throughout.

And given that his introduction came as late as last October, not to mention that he didn't really get going in goalscoring terms until January, the fact that he is already on fire should be a huge worry for opposition defences.


Personal ambitions are set aside in favour of those of the team, but both Messi and Neymar will want to continue setting the benchmark for others to aspire too.

The most interesting aspect of the forthcoming season is whether teams will be able to stop the fearsome trio from running riot again. Curtailing the excellence of one or two hasn't been beyond some teams that Barcelona have faced, but when all three have been in the mood, it's proved to be a nigh on impossible task.

Just ask Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City et al, champions one and all; all dismantled by the brilliance of perhaps the best ever front three to have played the game.

Bring. It. On.

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