After Guardiola left Barcelona, they had a torrid 2013-14 season when they went trophy less. But Luiz Enrique dint take long to make his mark on the club after winning the treble in the previous season. The trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez who scored 120 goals between them lifted the club to a successful season. With less than a month left for the new season to begin, the club has already begun their pre-season tours and has already shown glimpses of their class.
The new season’s fixture list is long out and the fans of the club have already analyzed the difficulties the club may face during the season. For those who did not, we have bought this article to explain how tough or easy the new season will be for the Catalan Giants.
August: 23rd Athletic Bilbao (A) ; 30th Malaga (H)
September: 13th Atletico Madrid (A) ; 20th Levante (H) ; 23rd Celta Vigo (A) ; 27th Las Palmas (H)
October: 4th Sevilla (A) ; 18th Rayo Vallecano (H) ; 25th Eibar (H) ; 28th Getafe (A)
November: 1st Villarreal (H) ; 8th Real Madrid (A) ; 22nd Real Sociedad (H) ; 29th Valencia (A)
The season for the Treble winners will start with a trip to the San Memez on the 23rd of August. The first game of September will be played at the Calderon and this game could set the tone for the rest of the league for both the teams. They also travel to Sevilla at the beginning of October and by this time, Barcelona will have stamped their authority on the league. But the month of November can be a make or break period as they will face Villarreal at home and then travel to Real Madrid on the 8th of November for the first El Classico of the season. They will also travel to Valencia in a crunch match at the end of the month. This month is tricky as they can come out of it badly hurt or on top of the table.
December: 6th La Coruna (A) ; 13th Sporting Gijon (A) ; 20th Real Betis (H)
January: 3rd Espanyol (A) ; 10th Granada (H) ; 17th Athletic Bilbao (H) ; 24th Malaga (A) ; 31st Atletico Madrid (H)
February: 7th Levante (A) ; 14th Celta Vigo (H) ; 21st Las Palmas (A) ; 28th Sevilla (H)
December again is a month Barca would want to rule. They will not be happy with anything less than 3 points from all the games till the 31st of January when they welcome Atletico to the Camp Nou. In February, they will host Sevilla and by the end of this game, there will not be too much competition for the title.
March: 2nd Rayo Vallecano (A) ; 6th Eibar (A) ; 13th Getafe (H) ; 20th Villarreal (A)
April: 3rd Real Madrid (H) ; 10th Real Sociedad (A) ; 17th Valencia (H) ; 20th La Coruna (A) ; 24th Sporting Gijon (A)
May: 1st Real Betis (A) ; 8th Espanyol (H) ; 15th Granada (A)
The 20th of March will see Barcelona travel to the Estadio el Madrigal to face Villarreal in a crunch game. On the 3rd of April, the Bernabeau will be shining when it will host the 2nd El Classico in the league. Within 2 weeks, they will face Valencia at home and this is the last game that Barcelona may want to get through un-harmed. The last game of the league for the club will be played away at Granda, a team that saved itself from relegation on the last day.
Though it will be hard to reach the heights of the previous season, Barcelona and Luiz Enrique will try their best and with the quality in the squad, it will not be a surprise if they are able to repeat their performance from the last season.