Barcelona’s embarrassing losses to Bayern Munich last season will never be forgotten. To some, it signaled the end of the era, but for the club, it will give the hunger needed to silence every doubter.
No matter how many stars are on a team. No matter who the manager is. No matter who the opponent. It is almost the willingness to win that characterizes champions.
This Barcelona side has a lot to prove and countless critics to answer. If there was ever a time to see the Barcelona era quickly brought back to life, it would be this season.
In an interview reported by Daniel Taylor of The Guardian after last year’s exit from Europe, Gerard Pique said, “We are not the best any more. Other teams are. Perhaps we need to work harder.”
These were words that no one at Barcelona ever wanted to hear. At the time they were true and still are. But it is the admittance of that fact that will push Barcelona to prevail this season. The Catalans will want to make that fact nonexistent and it all begins and ends with the Champions League.
Can Barcelona still compete for the Champions League? What will the club be able to accomplish this season? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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