5 Reasons Why Barcelona Will Win Silverware This Season
Barcelona can look forward to some more silverware in the trophy cabinet come prize giving time this season.
With many supporters still angry at a perceived lack of effort and commitment during the last campaign, the club acted decisively in appointing Luis Enrique.
A decision that already appears to have been a masterstroke.
The whole atmosphere around the club has been lifted and comparisons will inevitably be made with the first knockings of the Pep Guardiola era.
Exactly what the board were after, per Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail.
There is much for those same fans to look forward to so let's take a look at five reasons why this will be a successful season for the Catalans.
Luis Suarez: Goal Machine
Luis Suarez will almost certainly end up as top scorer at Barcelona this season.
A more natural finisher in world football at this moment would be hard to find, and with Lionel Messi providing the ammunition, Suarez is best placed to fire the bullets.
Whilst his composure is sure to be tested by defenders looking to ignite the firebrand's temper, his prowess in front of goal should more than make up for any misgivings fans may have.
Height at the Back at Last
If there's one thing sure to get under the skin of cules, it has been the lack of height at the back.
For far too long now, Barca's Achilles' heel of allowing crosses into the box to find their target, has been what has lost them valuable points.
Never was this better evidenced than the back end of last season.
Now, with the additions of Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen, Barca have two more 6-foot plus central defenders with which to repel the threat from the high ball.
If Luis Enrique has done his homework, then the Catalans should be conceding far less via this method than ever before.
Luis Enrique's New Regime
Barcelona have got their mojo back.
Luis Enrique has worked wonders behind the scenes in the little time he has had to work with the squad.
He has added intensity in training, fines for lateness and implemented a quick, high-tempo passing style in the best traditions of the club.
Players such as Xavi Hernandez have been eulogising on the positive aspects of the regime, per FCBarcelona.com:
He spoke very clearly to me and made it clear that I was starting anew, just like everyone else and that I had to show what I could do in training, just like the rest of the squad.
I like to feel that way. I know him from way back and I have a good relationship with him. I am starting again, feeling strong and excited.
In short, everything that Tata Martino had eroded in his short tenure, Enrique has restored.
Barca are buzzing. Game on.
Close but no cigar.
The story of Barca's season under Tata Martino.
There's nothing worse for a professional footballer than to scale the heights of various competitions, only to see the opposition plant the flag at the summit.
Barca will be smarting from their often abject failure to perform last season. Yes, they only lost the league by a point and, yes, they lost in the final of the Copa del Rey.
But the performance in the latter was nowhere near good enough and there were at least three chances where the Catalans could've seen the destination of the league title in their own hands.
Such losses will not sit well at all at the club and rest assured egos will have taken a battering.
No better scenario for an assault on all fronts this coming season, then. Barca have a point to prove once more.
Strength in Depth
In the past couple of seasons, Barca's back-up hasn't really been up to the challenge presented to them.
The likes of Alex Song and Ibrahim Afellay have rarely impressed in Blaugrana.
That's all about to change with some studious transfer purchases and well-timed repatriation of loanees like Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha.
Ivan Rakitic is one of a number of recruits to have already impressed during pre-season and Luis Enrique can sit back and relax in the knowledge he has decent cover in almost every position.
A strength in depth that should carry the squad right through to the end of a successful campaign.