The 2019-20 La Liga season is over for Barcelona after embarrassingly losing at home to 10-men Osasuna. This is the ending we deserved after going through our worst season in the last 15 years. Still, there's something positive about this. The current season should teach us three very important lessons. Here's what I think the Catalans should learn.
1. A top club can't have a short squad
Right now, we have only 15 available first-team players, disgusting. Look at Real Madrid, they've got 25 players at their senior side. Ernesto Valverde liked to work with a shorter squads and this ended up hurting our chances to win the league title.
Next season, Barca should have at least 23 players if we want to be taken seriously again. Sell the oldies, bring in fresh blood.
2. La Masia is not dead
Perhaps the biggest positive about this season is that we saw Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati become regulars. They must be promoted, perhaps Ronald Araujo besides them as well. We need an influx of young talent, let the youngsters come.
3. Experience doesn't win you trophies
Sure, having experienced players in your starting XI is a good idea but you need to make sure that there are vigorous players being at their peak. We have Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Arturo Vidal already past their prime. How can we expect Barca to win anything with these players?
Most of the time we were simply passing the ball around just because the seniors didn't feel like making a sprint. Out of the enumerated players, I'd only leave Messi, Busquets and maybe Alba. Everyone else should be released.
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