With Barça again in the Champions League Final, the Club’s influence across the continent is also being felt through ex-players who are enjoying success throughout Europe, with Phillip Cocu, Laurent Blanc and Josep Guardiola winning the league titles in Holland, France and Germany
Added to that are Porto – coached by Julen Lopetegui with on-loan Cristian Tello, who finished runners up in Portugal, whilst Martín Cáceres won the Italian League with Juventus, but has been out injured since an ankle operation in March.
Luis Enrique’s old team mate Phillip Cocu, who was at the Club between 1998 and 2004 led PSV Eindhoven to the title in his second season – breaking the successful run of four years for Ajax Amsterdam, coached by Frank de Boer.
Laurent Blanc, who played for Barça in the 1996/97 campaign, took charge of París Saint-Germain last season and although his side went out to Barça in the Champions League, he was able to retain the French League title this year with ex-Barça players Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maxwell and Motta in his squad
After eliminating PSG, Barça went on to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, but Pep Guardiola’s side did retain their Bundesliga title, with Thiago Alcántara and Jose Manuel Reina in the squad and the ex-Barça coach in his second year in charge.
Cesc Fàbregas scored three goals and made 18 assists in helping Chelsea take the Premiership title under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, who was assistant to both Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal at the Camp Nou. Manchester City, led by Yaya Touré, finished runners up in England with Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, with Víctor Valdés in the squad in fourth place and Arsenal, with Alexis Sánchez scoring 16 goals and making 8 assists – in third. West Ham’s Álex Song and Stoke City’s Marc Muniesa, both enjoyed mid-table finishes, whilst the Potters’ Bojan Krkic, made a great start to the season, only to suffer a serious injury that ruled him out of most of the campaign.