La Blaugrana have enough attacking quality to beat Sevilla, Villareal, Eibar and Celta Vigo. Where Barcelona will run into trouble is when they face-off against Europe’s big boys in the Champions League. And Luis Enrique won’t be able to look to the transfer window in January for relief, because Barcelona had its appeal against a 14-month transfer ban denied by FIFA in August. The next time the Catalan club will be able to delve into the transfer market will be January 2016 – unless the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduces the club’s transfer ban. Until then, the La Liga giants will have to make due with the defensive options it has between its first team, B-team and youth academy. No one will outside of Barcelona will shed a tear for the Catalan club. They dominated Europe by winning three Champions League titles over the span of six seasons – their last title coming in 2010-11.
Fans of the European competition are enjoying the fact that the tournament no longer has such an outright favorite to win the title year-in and year-out. They may not have the personnel to make themselves a Champions League contender this season, but Barcelona still have enough talent in their squad to make another serious run at a La Liga title.