28 Nov Football Manager 2019 Barcelona: Team guide, building blocks, best young players & who to sell
Football Manager 2019 Barcelona – Barca are seemingly well primed to dominate in 2018/19.
Their closest rivals lost their best player, their second closest rivals are strong but not unbeatable, leaving room a clear front-runner, at least in La Liga.
Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015. Since then, Real Madrid have won three on the spin, so even if you do shine domestically, the real prize for the manager at the Camp Nou is going the distance in Europe.
PlugsvilleSport has put together this ultimate FM19 guide for you. We have listed Barcelona’s starting finances, two key players to build around, two of the best young players and the players you should consider selling if you need to raise funds.
Starting Finances – Football Manager 2019 Barcelona
Transfer Budget = £17.95m
Wage Budget = £88.7k/week
Building Blocks – Football Manager 2019 Barcelona
Lionel Messi (AMR/AMC/ST)
Do we really need to explain this one?
Best Attributes – Dribbling (20), Finishing (20), Passing (20), Technique (20), Vision (20)
Philippe Coutinho (AML/AMC)
Some of the other close contenders here included Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti, but in the end, it had to be the former Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder, better known as Brendan Rodgers’ best success story.
There’s a reason for that, as he is one of the most complete attacking midfielders in the entire game. Technically sound and also a player who gets into good forward positions, Coutinho should be Messi’s second-in-command.
Best Attributes – Dribbling (18), Technique (18), Flair (18), Long Shots (17), Vision (17)
Best Young Players – Football Manager 2019 Barcelona
Ousmane Dembele (AMR/AML)
The World Cup winner hasn’t quite lived up to this £96m price tag in real life but in FM19, he has all the tools needed to become one of the game’s best at his position.
All the talk about what he is or isn’t doing in real life is irrelevant, this is Football Manager. And in this bottomless pit of managerial simulation enjoyment, Dembele has five-star potential and can be a devastating attacking winger with a penchant for goalscoring if used correctly.
Best Attributes – Pace (18), Acceleration (18), Dribbling (17), Flair (17), Agility (16)
Barcelona aren’t exactly blessed with the same level of young talent as they had in previous years. Their La Masia academy isn’t on the brink of churning out the new Andres Iniesta, but they do have Arthur, a £28m signing from Gremio, touted by some as ‘the new Xavi’.
Best used an advanced playmaker from deep, Arthur is well-rounded enough to push for a spot in your starting line-up and is also one for the future.
Best Attributes – Passing (17), Technique (16), First Touch (16), Flair (16), Vision (16)
Players To Consider Selling – FM19 Barcelona
Gerard Pique (DC)
Transfer Value – £57m
Wage – £220k/week
Contract Expiry Date – 2022
Age – 31
Transfer Value – £15.25m
Wage – £77k/week
Contract Expiry Date – 2020
Age – 25