The ending of the 2018/19 season left a number of doubts around Barcelona. The Champions League debacle and the Copa del Rey final defeat placed question marks on Ernesto Valverde‘s head and his leadership of the team.
When numbers are looked at, it’s clear that this Barcelona side are lacking goals compared to previous editions.
Put up against Luis Enrique‘s Champions League-winning team of 2014/15, there are 39 fewer goals in the current collection of players, whereas they’re down 35 goals compared to his last season on the bench.
Lionel Messi remains the director of all things good at the Camp Nou. He scored 15 more LaLiga Santander goals than Luis Suarez, and he’s still fundamental to everything they do.
Suarez is another pillar of the side yet he hasn’t had his best year and he continues to suffer in Europe, netting just five goals in three years.
The comparisons with the MSN have been present since the Brazilian left. He accompanied his strike partners with a significant number of goals.
Ousmane Dembele was called upon to forget about the Paris Saint-Germain forward, but a number of factors have prevented him from showing his best consistently in Spain.
Antoine Griezmann is an option to arrive and the Frenchman said on Saturday that he knows where he’ll be next season, but didn’t reveal where.