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Published on Sep 7, 2012
Kicking off with a home match against Spartak Moscow on 19 September, Barcelona find themselves in a relatively straightforward UEFA Champions League group and at the very least will expect to match last season's achievement of reaching the semi-finals.
But, as goal.com's Peter Staunton explains, an over-reliance on Lionel Messi and fatigue factors across the squad are issues that will have to be addressed, with Jordi Alba and Alex Song perhaps emerging as crucial components.