Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has known as on the membership to dip into the switch market throughout the summer time with a view to develop into extra aggressive subsequent season.
Barça have had much-publicised monetary issues over the past couple of years, however dedicated nearly €160m in the direction of new gamers final summer time and introduced just below €50m again in by way of gross sales.
They weren’t even in a position to register each new signing and contract renewal with La Liga till after the beginning of the season due to caps on spending energy – €50m purchase Jules Kounde missed the opening two video games because of that delay.
Barça executives needed to seek for further revenue and managed to safe money injections by activating varied ‘financial levers’, successfully promoting off a proportion of assorted future earnings.
That technique has type of labored, seeing Xavi’s group drop solely 10 factors all season to high La Liga with simply 13 video games left to play. Victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico at Camp Nou on Sunday would prolong their lead over Los Blancos to 12 factors and all however seal a primary title since 2018/19.
But the Champions League has been a special story. Barça have been knocked out on the group stage for the second season in a row and didn’t even make it previous the primary knockout spherical within the comfort Europa League following a two-legged mixture defeat to Manchester United.
Lewandowski, who joined from Bayern Munich for €45m and has scored 25 targets in all competitions, isn’t asking for miracles however has prompt there’s nonetheless want for enchancment.
“There is an efficient group,” he instructed ESPN. “Maybe one [or] two modifications makes this group, not good, however extra aggressive. Sometimes we speak about small issues, however in case you change this, it will likely be much more spectacular.“
Discussing Barcelona’s shortcomings in Europe, the Pole added, “This season we had issues within the Champions League and that’s what we should right, however to date we aren’t able to struggle on the highest degree for [all] the three titles: Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.
“It is not possible. In soccer it is not possible to alter one thing in per week or a month, it takes time.
“I all the time needed to play in La Liga. You know Barcelona have a number of issues. But after I noticed the trail they needed to take, I mentioned: ‘I might be part of this.’
“I noticed the I problem myself and instructed myself that I used to be able to take it on. I could also be 34-years-old nevertheless it’s only a quantity and I do know I can play a number of years on the highest degree, I do not know precisely what number of, however I’ve all the time been blissful to play. I care extra in regards to the psychological than bodily issues.”
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