Tata Martino’s first season in charge of FC Barcelona has been fairly successful. His team remains very much in the La Liga title race, has reached the Copa Del Rey final and are in the Champions League quarterfinals. They just haven’t played with the same allure and dominance as the Barcelona of late.
In La Liga, Barcelona is second, a solitary point separates them and leaders Atletico Madrid. They remain ahead of Clasicorivals, Real Madrid. They have come up big and won both Clasicos this year. They drew 0-0 with Atletico in their one league match. They did, however, beat Atletico this year on away goals in the Supercopa de Espana. In the Champions League, they have progressed to the quarterfinals with relative ease where they face Atletico. They drew the first leg at the Camp Nou, 1-1. They have progressed to the final of the Copa Del Rey where they will face Real Madrid.
Tata Martino had a fairly successful transfer window this summer. He did sign acclaimed Brazilian forward, Neymar, but he failed to bring in a much needed centre-back. Now it seems, that Barcelona won’t be able to bring in any new talent in the next two transfer windows now that they have been banned from activity in the next two windows by FIFA. This means that their starting goalkeeper may be 39-year old Jose Pinto and they won’t be able to replace retiring centre-back Carles Puyol.
In conclusion, Barcelona must improve on their performance this season. They also must win their appeal of the transfer ban to compete in anything more than domestic competition.