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This summer it was imperative that Barcelona sign a new center-back but that did not happen. The reason to buy a new defender was clear—La Blaugrana was struggling to purely defend.
Gerard Pique has been the focal point of the backline but he cannot do it himself. Javier Mascherano has proved to be a decent partner but still suffers from positioning issues.
Marc Bartra may be the best option for the Catalans but he is not yet at the point to play a major role, whereas Captain Carles Puyol is not the player he used to be.
When looking at the defense as a whole it really is incomplete.
Whether defending the counter, a set piece or just one-on-one Barcelona struggles. If the Catalans cannot return to the days when clean sheets were expected then success will elude La Blaugrana.
Above all else opponents are no longer as afraid of Barcelona as they used to be. They know they can score goals if they play well and it is that weakness that could do Barcelona in.
What are Barcelona's biggest weaknesses? What areas must be addressed this season? Can La Blaugrana still be successful this year? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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