Barcelona's weakness remains at centre-back

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Spanish giants Barcelona have become a dominant force in recent history and it is them who have set the standard their peers have subsequently tried to follow through their style of play and creativity in attack.

The entire footballing fraternity would agree to the fact that they have the most potent attacking frontline, possibly even one of the best in the history of the game.

With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar leading the scoring responsibilities, the others rarely need to break a sweat in order to triumph over their rivals both domestically as well as Europe.


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Scoring more than 100 goals in each of the last five seasons, the Catalonian heavyweights are undoubtedly the most feared opposition across the globe.

However, with every peerless entity there remains one pitfall, be it of a pedantic nature at present but if it isn't addressed could become the source of their downfall in the years to come.

Although the Blaugrana might have only conceded a handful goals compared to their scoring prowess, defence should remain an area of concern.

Known for having an array of world-class defenders, Barcelona now have a limited number of options in the back-four to pick from.


Stalwarts like Carlos Puyol, Eric Abidal, Maxwell have either left or retired in prior seasons and the club have failed to replace their calibre with only Gerard Pique at their disposal as the mainstay over the course of the last few years.

Apart from the 29-year-old, no other player - including the acquisitions under Luis Enrique - have been able to stamp their authority and astutely shoulder the responsibility along with Pique.

This summer, club veteran Dani Alves is expected join Juventus while youth prodigy Marc Bartra has also called time on his career in Spain for a move to Borussia Dortmund. As a result, Pique will again be the lone warrior in defence at Camp Nou.

Such has been the shortage of quality at the heart of defence in recent times they have had to deploy defensive midfielders like Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets to partner Pique.

Luis Enrique voiced his apprehensions last year, about the quality of defending in a squad that rely so much on their attack, after starting the 2015-16 season in a rather disappointing manner, leaking goals in almost every outing right from the onset.

The La Liga champions have tried to make some significant improvements by signing Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen and Aleix Vidal in recent summers, but those investments are yet to produce fruitful results.


The dynamic trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar have been proficiently leading the attacking department, conjuring up a total of 90 goals between themselves in La Liga alone last term.

Oppositions tend to primarily set up defensive formations while playing against the Spanish side which means they often escape without their defence being seriously tested but in bigger matches - especially in Europe - they can look horribly exposed.

Barcelona chiefs must act promptly to come up with a solution to the problem at the earliest possible moment or the issue will continue to escalate for the foreseeable future.

Are there any other weaknesses of Barcelona that opponents could exploit? Have your say by leaving a comment below!

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