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This time, the absolute “symbol” and “Dios” of the team left for Paris, and in order to recover from the harsh reality of last season, in which the team did not win any new titles, the club’s future and assets were sold, and personnel costs were cut, FC Barcelona of La Liga is aiming to regain its European supremacy and restore its glory by implementing a major reinforcement program.
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＜21/22 Season Results＞
（73 points 21 wins, 10 draws, 7 losses）
|Copa del Rey||Round of 16|
|CL/EL||Eliminated from GS/Quarter finals|
・The 21/22 season, which began with Messi’s tears, was marked by a failure to build a team, which led to the team’s low start, the invitation of trump card Xavi in November, and the implementation of major winter reinforcements. However, the team’s rapid progress lasted only about two months, starting at the end of January.
As their opponents began to take measures to counter the high line and high press tactics that had been their lifeline, their aggressive attack from the get-go fell silent, and as a result, they finished second in La Liga, 13 points behind Real Madrid, missed all the cup titles, and were eliminated from the GS of the CL for the first time in 18 seasons.
・What was highlighted once again was the weak resilience of the team, which was unable to break the bad trend. Despite their big win in the Classico in enemy territory, there is a big gap between them and their archrivals in this respect.
・This summer, the club has completely shifted its focus to building a team led by young players such as Pedri, Gavi, Araujo, and Ansu Fati. In other words, the club is prepared to sacrifice the veterans who have supported the team over the years, and reinforcements have been made with this in mind.
Early on, the team acquired Kessie and Christensen on a free. To strengthen the side that relies on Dembele, we also acquired Raphinha and Lewandowski, who is our main prospect for this summer. In addition, the team acquired Kounde from Sevilla for his youth and speed to partner Araujo in place of Piqué.
Meanwhile, the club’s most important target for sale is F. de Jong. An agreement has already been reached between the club and Manchester U, but negotiations have been difficult because he wants to stay.
・It should not be forgotten that this major reinforcement is being financed by the sale of the club’s broadcasting rights (25%) and subsidiaries, as well as funds generated by salary reductions for existing players. In other words, the club took a big gamble with the future of the club, the sale of its assets, and a reduction in personnel costs.
In this sense, Xavi will not allow the team to finish without a crown, and the pressure will be immense on both shoulders at all times.
|（Date of birth)||January 25, 1980（42）|
・Pep’s “ideal successor” by all accounts.
・He has declared himself that “Barcelona is the best club in the world” and that “draws and losses are not acceptable; we must always win.” Despite his inexperience as a coach, he understands the values and philosophy of Barça better than anyone.
・Last season, after six and a half years at the helm, he was entrusted with rebuilding a team in turmoil that began with the departure of Lionel Messi, and although the team did not win a championship, the obvious changes in the team and the sense of hope have earned the trust of most fans and media.
・This season, in which he will be in charge of building the team prior to the opening of the season, will be a true test of his abilities as a coach. In the second year of the season, he will have to put “Xavism” into the team and convince people with both results and content.
Transfer market (Summer)
With the greatest reinforcement, Barça’s DNA, and “Xavism”, the goal is to regain European supremacy and restore the club’s glory.
・The basic idea is to press high while maintaining a high line, and players who can fight on the edge of the ball, such as Gabi, are valued.
・The team requires both wings and wingbacks, who are open to the touchline, to dribble the play, but their inability to improve their finishing accuracy in the final part of the breakdown was a factor in last season’s lack of championships.
・As in the winter, the team has continued to strengthen its front line this summer. The centerpiece of the reinforcements is Lewandowski, who is still one of the best decision makers in the world, although he is not as widely involved in the game as Messi.
The key will be the support system for the new ace. The key point is how well the team can be set up from the inside halves of Pedri and Gavi, and from the side that has been enriched in both quality and quantity with the acquisition of Rafinha and the re-signing of Dembele.
・A front line with Lewandowski, Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Dembele and Raphinha would be hard to find anywhere else in all of Europe.
・The basic lineup is Pedri and Gavi, who are growing rapidly, and Busquets, the steadfast anchor.
・Kessie, a free agent, is not a Barça-like midfielder, but he has many elements that are lacking in the current Barça team: strong physicality, dynamism with plenty of movement, and scoring ability. With his defensive skills, he can be counted on to take care of the backs of the SBs and support Busquets in attack and defense.
・Able to play inside half, anchor, and CB, Frenkie de Jong is an integral part of the team, especially when he dribbles the ball skillfully from a low position. Xavi even said, “He is here to stay”.
・After the transition to the new Xavi regime, while temporarily reeling, defensive concerns became apparent with the departure of Piqué due to injury. In this sense, the focus was on whether or not the final line could be leveraged, and following Christensen, the team succeeded in acquiring Kounde.
・The second goalkeeper, with Neto out, was filled by recalling Inaki Pena from Galatasaray.
Star players（Top 8）
Pedro González López （MF/Spain Representative）
・”Symbol of the New Era”
・He organizes the game with a mature calmness and extreme composure, and keeps the whole team tight with his inexhaustible stamina and responsible defense. He has proven his ability in the CL and EURO.
・He is the closest thing to a successor to Andres Iniesta, whom he idolized as a boy. He is the closest thing to a successor to Andres Iniesta, whom he has admired since he was a boy.
・He is reserved in character and does not say much. He is the type of person who carries his passion for football inside and speaks eloquently through his performances.
Gavi （MF/Spain Representative）
・”The DNA of Barcelona”
・He uses his natural skill to cut through tight spaces, takes on the opposition with guts, and wows the crowd with his fierce tackling.
・He made his debut for the Spanish national team at the age of 17 years and 62 days, the youngest ever, and has been called up ever since. His play has been compared to that of his manager, Xavi.
Ansu Fati （FW/Spain Representative）
・”Prodigy who inherited Messi’s number “10””
・The attacker with the future of the club, who was developed at La Masia with Kubo Tatehide and others, made his debut two years ago as the second youngest player in La Liga history (16 years and 298 days) and had a fruitful season, becoming the youngest scorer for club and national team, but since then he has been he has been repeatedly injured.
・He uses his natural speed and skill to break down opposing defenses and calmly sinks heavy shots when the opportunity arises.
Robert Lewandowski （FW/Poland Representative）
・The biggest attraction is his phenomenal scoring ability. Last season he hit 50 goals. He has the ability to find the net from inside and outside the penalty area, and his coordination with the midfield and positioning sense as a CF are excellent.
・The problem is that he will turn 34 in August, but Xavi is confident that he can be a first-line player for the next two to three years.
・A wealth of experience that could also encourage the development of younger players such as Pedri, Gabi, and Araujo is also appealing.
Ousmane Dembélé （FW/France Representative）
・”Monster ambidextrous FW”
・He joined the club with a transfer fee of over 100 million euros, but due to problems in his life and with the club, he had not been able to match the amount of money he had spent, but with the arrival of Xavi and Aubameyang, he improved and recorded a league-leading 13 assists. The boos at the Camp Nou soon turned into applause.
・With a light touch and rapid acceleration and deceleration, they cut deep into the enemy camp and improved their last pass, which had been a problem.
Frenkie de Jong （MF/Netherlands Representativ ）
・”A nobleman reminiscent of Cruijff”
・A top quality register with excellent passing accuracy and possession ability, ball carrying propulsion, superb insight and courageous play.
・Midfielders dribble the ball, but I also dribble. People say I’m risky, but I don’t think so. That’s who I am,” he says with a smile.
・Due to his high salary, the club wants him to move on or take a pay cut. Manchester U, led by Ten Halff, his mentor at Ajax, has been mentioned as a possible destination, but it seems that he is only interested in playing for the club he has professed since his boyhood to be “the club of his heart.
・Xavi told me, “He’s not for sale, he’s a key player for Barça.” and he likes it so much that he receives personal coaching.
Sergio Busquets（MF/Spain Representative）
・”The Heart of Barcelona”
・He is a world-class anchor who makes the game with his precise decisions, exquisite technique, and unique timing that leaves the experts awestruck, and he is an iconic figure who has devoted his entire career to Barcelona.
・Although he can find almost no fault, he is sometimes criticized for his dives, and he says, “It’s not an act. It’s an act of intelligence.” He is not a play-acting man, but a man of intelligence.
Marc-André ter Stegen （GK/Germany Representative）
・He is the most marketable player in his 30s in this position and one of the best defenders in the world.
・He makes big saves in every game. His tremendous saving ability is reminiscent of his native Oliver Kahn.
・At times, he joins the passing game in the final line and can also contribute in the build-up, showing no fear of opponent pressure. He is also a good ball handler at his feet, providing vertical passes to the midfield or excellent feeds to the front line.
|1||Marc-André ter Stegen||30||Germany||・Players that goalkeeping coaches cite as role models|
・I’ve seen the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” at least 10 times to motivate me.
|26||Iñaki Peña||23||Spain||・He has good technique with his feet and is accurate with long passes. He is also good at aerial combat.|
|36||Arnau Tenas||21||Spain||・He is also a member of the Spanish U-19 national team and is regarded as one of the best guardians of his generation.|
|2||Héctor Bellerín||28||Spain||・Returning to his old home after 11 years|
・A reputation for aggressive offensive aggression
|3||Gerard Piqué||35||Spain||・One of the leaders of the group with a dynamic personality and a strong sense of unity.|
・Sentenced to out of consideration, but “serious” about competing for the position.
|4||Ronald Federico Araújo||23||Uruguay||・He is intense, fast, and especially strong in defending against opponents.|
・Often ear-marked to disturb the concentration of the marked opponent
|15||Andreas Bødtker Christensen||26||Denmark||・Comprehensive CB, with more speed than Pique or E. Garcia.|
|17||Marcos Alonso Mendoza||32||Spain||・From the cantera of Madrid, but a Barça fan since childhood.|
|18||Jordi Alba||33||Spain||・One of the team leaders|
・His speed and ability to run into space is still a powerful weapon.
|20||Sergi Roberto||30||Spain||・In recent years, repeated injuries have prevented him from participating.|
|23||Jules Koundé||23||France||・Possesses energy and speed that Barça players lack.|
・Non-standard player with plenty of star power.
|24||Eric García||21||Spain||・Contemporary CB raised in La Masia since age 7.|
・Since his training days, he loves Fati like a little brother.
|28||Alejandro Balde||18||Spain||・One of Barça’s fastest athletes due to his track and field experience|
・Combining the individual skills he developed at La Masia (Barcelona’s training organization) with his signature speed, he leaves his opponents behind when he attacks.
|5||Sergio Busquets||34||Spain||・An example of “Sense never ages.”|
|8||Pedri||19||Spain||・He has strengthened his body after suffering from injuries last season. Expect to see him evolve.|
|19||Franck Yannick Kessié||25||Cote d’Ivoire||・Expected to work as a dynamo who shows up in various phases of the offensive and defensive game.|
|21||Frenkie de Jong||25||Netherlands||・A nice guy who always has a charming smile on his face, but also has a strong self like a Dutchman.|
|30||Gavi||18||Spain||・He was also very active in the national team at the end of the season.|
・I’m not worried about jinxing the second year.
|32||Pablo Torre||19||Spain||・The next best thing to Pedri and Gavi.|
|7||Ousmane Dembélé||25||France||・Everyone recognizes his exceptional talent. What is required is constant work|
・Likes English football and is a big fan of Leeds
|9||Robert Lewandowski||34||Poland||・At the age of 33, he has chosen a new challenge. He is fully enthusiastic.|
|10||Ansu Fati||19||Spain||・Even after his breakdown, his fast kicks and strong shooting have not rusted.|
|11||Ferrán Torres||22||Spain||・A scoring winger according to him. He is a fierce competitor for the position.|
|14||Memphis Depay||28||Netherlands||・With the increase of rivals in the winter, his chances of competing have drastically decreased, and he is a candidate for release.|
・Some say that because of his speed, he is suited to counter-oriented teams.
|22||Rafinha||25||Brazil||・Versatile in everything from breaking down sides to chance-making and finishing.|
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