It is hard to tell exactly what next season’s squad will look like. Sure the foundation and bulk will remain intact, but the necessary tweaks will change things for the better.
The Victor Valdes issue is still up in the air. He could leave this season or remain until his contract ends. Should he stay, expect him to be the starter while Guaita settles into his new home during his first season.
Barcelona’s defense will look much better.
Dani Alves and Jordi Alba will continue to run rampant down the flanks while using speed to cover their backs. But a Pique and Hummels partnership could bring the Catalans back to a calm dominance when forced back.
Montoya and Adriano will likely play important roles as well with the former looking for chances to dethrone Dani Alves.
Macherano will also continue his role as a backup defender but will hopefully not be forced to do too much with the arrival of a true defender like Inigo Martinez.
The Blaugrana midfield will remain the best in the world.
Sergio Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi will yet again be a formidable trident, but will not play together as much as usual. Thiago will be ushered into a more important role while Cesc Fabregas will finally find his spot by not being forced to play as a forward.
Sergi Roberto and Rafinha will also provide depth, while Alex Song proves to be an insanely important figure off the bench.
Lastly, Barcelona’s attack will return to its glory days. Lionel Messi will get some help from Neymar making defenders look awful trying to mark both stars.
Pedro, Tello and Deulofeu will all play key roles as well but will have more freedom to assist the Blaugrana dynamic duo.
Of course there is no telling what Tito Vilanova will actually do. This has just been a look at the ideal moves that should be attempted. Barcelona absolutely has the means to rebound from this season and Cules should be excited about what the summer holds for La Blaugrana.
What moves do you think Barcelona should make? Can the Catalans return to their former glory? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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