An important factor for winning UCL is a balanced 23 man squad. None of Barcelona’s substitutes made an impressive impact in the last season except for Cillessen and Semedo. Paulinho fell off the grid from the middle of the season, and the rest were ineffective.  Proper rotations in starting eleven would’ve been possible to make had the subs performed the task well, and the senior players might have got some rest to give 100 percent in crucial matches.  That did not happen so now Barca has to offload some deadwood and revamp the bench.

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Age of Core Barca Players

The role of the substitutes is going to be immense from coming season onwards as most of the players who form a part of the core of the team are past their prime like it appears in above picture.  Messi jogs most of the time, and it becomes easy to mark him.  Busquets has declined too; Suarez hardly scored at the beginning of the season and UCL he scored only one.  The age has started taking its toll on them, and in the next season, the important players need to be rested wisely at times.

Among the Barcelona signings, Arthur has shone the most in the pre-season friendlies.  He controlled the pace of the game and reminded us of Xavi.  Malcolm scored the winning penalty in one game and a goal against Roma. If they keep up their form in the big tournaments, the team will become much stronger. Paulinho and Digne have left;  Vidal, Gomez, and Alcacer are expected to leave, and that means some more new signings are in the offing. Injection of talent from La Masia in the first team is highly likely with Aleña, Riqui Puig,  Arnaiz being the favorites.

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