Hristo Stoichkov backs Barcelona to win La Liga title next season

Hristo Stoichkov has backed Barcelona to go all the way and win the La Liga title after their transfer business this summer.

Former Barcelona superstar Hristo Stoichkov has tipped the Catalan giants to win the La Liga title in the upcoming campaign after the signings they have made so far this summer.

Barcelona have enjoyed a strong window so far. Having kicked things off with the free transfer signings of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen, the Catalan giants followed it up with the capture of Raphinha from Leeds United. The Blaugrana also re-signed Ousmane Dembele on a two-year contract before the icing on the cake arrived in the form of Robert Lewandowski.

The 33-year-old arrived from Bayern Munich in a deal worth €50 million including add-ons and has joined the rest of the team on the pre-season tour in the USA. With the transfers, Barcelona have significantly beefed up their roster and are still pushing to sign Jules Kounde, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso also remain on the wishlist.

And former Barcelona star and club icon Stoichkov believes that the current squad has what it takes to beat Real Madrid and win the La Liga title next season.

“It’s not a matter of fighting, it’s playing well and winning games. All those who have been signed to date are very valid players, who make the difference. We have to stop thinking about what has been suffered This is something new, Xavi will have a complete squad and start from scratch, each one has to give as much as possible. This year, I say it before starting, Barça are going to win La Liga,” he said (h/t SPORT). 

Hailing the signing of Lewandowski, Stoichkov added: “Robert is a great signing. Barça needed a scorer. We already had Ferran Torres, Aubameyang, Ansu and Dembélé has just renewed, so Xavi has a choice. I am very happy for the great work of Joan and Jordi Cruyff.”

Previously, the Bulgarian icon had been critical of Ousmane Dembele. And following his renewal, Stoichkov insisted that the Frenchman still has a lot to learn and must improve his game. I keep thinking the same thing, let’s see what he’s going to do. He has a lot of quality, I’ve always said it, but in four years he hasn’t learned anything.

“I hope he wakes up because he has a lot of quality, a lot of speed, technique, but Barça is something different. If he has to ask Xavi for advice, let him do it, he’s there to help him, to watch some videos from twenty years ago to take them and see how you play in that position,” Stoichkov said.

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