And so it begins, while Barcelona’s fans are still celebrating last season’s treble, Luis Enrique is already thinking ahead. The Catalans have the chance to win at least three more trophies this year (Club World Cup, Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup). The preparation starts now.
Barcelona might not be able to show new faces before 2016 but they have already secured two major signings: their former player Aleix Vidal as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves and Atletico Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan. The duo have six full months to integrate themselves before stepping on the pitch. Following Xavi’s departure to Qatar, Andres Iniesta is set to lead the side with both Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets taking leadership roles in the side. The coming five months are quite tricky, the club needs to focus on having a powerful start in all competitions as they seek to replicate what they did under Pep Guardiola.
Ahead of the Catalans is a very tough first month, August. At the end of July, the club will travel to the US to face LA Galaxy, Manchester United, Chelsea and finally Fiorentina on the 2nd of August. Only three days after that, the club will host Italian club Roma for the Joan Gamper trophy.After a tough and rigorous pre-season, the real test begins as they fly to Georgia to face Sevilla in the European super cup. Barcelona’s triumph in the Champions League and Sevilla’s second consecutive Europa League victory highlight the strength of La Liga’s clubs on the European level. Barcelona are favorites to win the one-match trophy, but Sevilla are a team of surprises. Sevilla have an easier schedule in August, they have plenty of time to prepare themselves for the game in Georgia which means they will be up for the challenge. Meanwhile, Barcelona will have to play two games within six days of the game against Sevilla. The La Liga champions will face Atheltic Bilbao on the 14th and the 17th of August for the Supercopa. Right after that La Liga starts on the 22nd of August.
It is going to be a hectic first month for the Blaugrana as they travel to the United States, back to Barcelona, Georgia, returning to Spain as they travel to Bilbao and back at home in Barcelona. The club needs nothing more than the support of its fans on the way at every single match. Luckily, the Catalans have a huge fan base across the whole globe and particularly in the Middle East. Luis Enrique is quite certain that many of Messi’s beloved fans in the Arab world will make the short trip to Tbilisi to pledge their support to the European champions.
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