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Jan 1, 2018


FC Barcelona is the only club in Europe to win a Continental Treble in two occasion, first in 2009 under Pep Guardiola and then in 2015 under Luis Enrique

Barcelona had an indifferent 2017 by their usual high standards, but there's plenty of reasons to believe 2018 could be a special year for the club. A third Copa del Rey win in a row was Barca's only trophy during Luis Enrique's final season as manager, with the team coming up short in both La Liga and the Champions League.


Read on for four things Barcelona can look forward to in 2018.


New blood on the way


There should be plenty of activity on the transfer front over the coming weeks, with numerous departures and arrivals expected at the Nou Camp. Javier Mascherano, Rafinha, Gerard Deulofeu, Aleix Vidal, Andre Gomes and Arda Turan have all been linked with moves away from the club, but there could also be some high-profile additions to Ernesto Valverde's squad. Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, while Antoine Griezmann could make the switch from Atletico Madrid. Gremio midfielder Arthur is also on Valverde's wish-list as he looks to reshape his team for a serious tilt at silverware over the next few seasons.


The Champions League knock-out stages


The 2014/15 winners haven't progressed beyond the quarter-finals for the past two years and they face a difficult test against Chelsea in the round of 16 in February. However, the Blues haven't yet managed to repeat last season's form and Barca are favourites to progress to the last eight. Check out these Betdaq offers ahead of the game to access the latest prices as Barcelona continue their quest to win Europe's top prize for a sixth time.


La Liga glory beckons


Barca's 5-1 aggregate defeat in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid was an early setback for Valverde, but his team has gone from strength-to-strength since then. They head into 2018 nine points clear of Atletico in the title race, with the likes of Valencia and big rivals Madrid lagging even further behind. With Valverde likely to strengthen his squad during the transfer window it's difficult to see Barca blowing their lead.


A Fourth Copa del Rey?


Barca won the Copa del Rey for the third time in a row last season and they are through to the round of 16 in this season's competition. A two-legged tie against Celta Vigo should hold no fears for Valverde's side, although the two teams did draw 2-2 in the league during December. Last season's triumph against Alaves rescued Barca's season and they will be eager to retain their trophy this time around.

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