Never easy to repeat Champions League success
The Champions League draw for the Group phase is taking place this week, and Liverpool and Manchester City are being talked about as big contenders, but in Liverpool's case I always say that it is difficult to repeat a European success in consecutive seasons, as you become the big target of all the other strong teams.
Yep, the Premier League is the best league in the world and the way Liverpool and Man City are playing obviously puts them among the favourites in the Champions League (Man City 7/2, Liverpool 6/1) but it would be a big battle with other strong contenders from Italy, Spain and Germany.
Guardiola might prioritise Champions League
The Champions League is the biggest competition in European football and all clubs want to win it, so it's very important to manage your squad to have your strongest team available for CL matches, which for some clubs are more important than domestic matches.
For that reason, it's normal that managers save some players in league matches where they have bigger error margins, and I think Pep Guardiola is in a similar situation to Valverde at Barcelona, dominating domestic competitions but failing in the Champions League, so perhaps it's time to focus more on European football.
If I was Vinicius, I won't leave Madrid for PSG
Apparently, PSG talked about Vinicius Junior moving from Madrid to France as part of a potential Neymar transfer to Real Madrid deal, but I wouldn't accept it, if I was Vinicius.
Of course, it would depend on the player's will of playing more often, but he played well last season and should not rush a move, after all he is on the best possible stage to shine at Real Madrid.
Barcelona will make a definitive move for Neymar
I can't see Neymar signing for Real Madrid because the player wants to return to Barcelona and the club seems focused on making that a reality before the transfer deadline.
I believe Barcelona won't let Neymar escape and despite all that happened with him leaving the club a few years ago, he would always be an excellent signing for the team and could quickly convince Blaugrana fans once again with his excellent quality on the pitch.
Neymar return, could mean Dembélé departure
I don't see Barcelona trying to get rid of Ousmane Dembélé because of his constant problems - he is a great player with big potential. But if Neymar returns to the club, Dembélé would perhaps lose his place in the squad, and using him as exchange instead of spending too much money could be an option for Barcelona.
Neymar can give what other players can't. He knows the locker room and the club's supporters, and in addition to his quality as a player he knows most of his teammates who would enjoy having him on their side again. And Neymar is also looking ready to return and grab some more titles with the club.
I suppose we'll have a few more big transfers before Deadline Day. I expect the conclusion of the Neymar transfer, but I also imagine other clubs making late moves in the market. Real Madrid could try to reinforce their midfield for example.
Real Madrid should keep calm for now
Even dropping points at home last weekend in La Liga, I don't see why the club and fans might start to panic, after all we are just starting the league and Barcelona also lost their first game. Those kind of thoughts should only come after 10 matches or so, and if things are not improving.
Zinedine Zidane is resetting his tone on the team and soon things should get better. The club will battle for La Liga and Champions League, but I don't doubt that they might make a move in the transfer market before the transfer deadline.