After an astonishing 2015 in which the Blaugrana lifted an astonishing five trophies, fans will undoubtedly be hoping for similar success. Here, we preview 5 of the biggest hopes for Barça fans in 2016.
We’ll start with the easy one here. After winning the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League last season, the Blaugrana became the first ever club to win two trebles. With Luis Enrique’s men starting the season in dominating fashion, the impossible is starting to seem more possible. At this point in the season, Barcelona are tied on points with Atletico Madrid at La Liga’s summit, with a match in hand and having already played all of their hardest away fixtures. Barça is poised to knock Athletic Club out of the Copa del Rey’s round of 16 after a 2-1 win in the first leg, and face a relatively easy route to triumph with Real Madrid having been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player. In the Champions League, Barcelona faces the daunting task of becoming the first team to successfully defend the trophy in its current format. Although the round of 16 matchup against Arsenal certainly won’t be easy, Barcelona is heavily favored and are also the favorites to win the trophy.
After Barcelona’s amazing front three finished 2015 with more goals than any other European club, people began to wonder how far they could really go. With Lionel Messi continuing to be the world’s best player, Neymar blossoming into his heir, and Luis Suarez torturing every defender he faces, the South Americans show no sign of stopping.
With Barcelona having arguably the world’s strongest squad, there are no obvious improvements. However, what all Barça fans want is to sign Paul Pogba. The young Frenchman has started to become the world’s best midfielder, slowly but surely. Although a deal for the Juventus midfielder will surely cost at least 70 million euros, it would most definitely be worth investing in a 22 year-old who is already world class and whose development has shown no sign of halting.
After a turbulent start to life at the Camp Nou, Luis Enrique has quickly become a fan favorite at the Camp Nou. With a new deal signed in the summer extending the Asturian’s stay until 2017, the former Barça captain looks set to bring many more trophies to the Camp Nou, in addition to many exciting moments in his press conferences.
Any Barcelona fan will tell you that they take enormous joy in watching Real Madrid struggle. After a disappointing season in 2014-15 for Los Blancos, and more struggles this year, there is a very real chance that they will end the season trophy-less for the second straight time. This will delight Barça fans, in addition to the fact that Madrid’s transfer ban may prevent them from performing the massive squad rebuild they had reportedly planned this summer.