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Barcelona Gunning for European History

Barcalona, Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Luis Enrique Calls Messi, Neymar and Suarez the Best Front Three Ever.

On Tuesday night after a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona found their way past an Arsenal side at the Emirates –few can bet against the Blaugrana becoming the first side to successfully defend their European crown in the Champions League era.

Playing against one of the leading English sides this season away from home proved no resistance against this Barcelona side which stretched its unbeaten record to 33 straight games. With the South American triumvirate of Luis Suarez, Neymar and the magical Messi in attack – there are very few sides that can stop this Catalan juggernaut. The triumvirate have alone scored 60 goals this season in all competitions, and show no signs of letting up.

This Barcelona side averages roughly 3 goals per game, while letting in only half a goal. They don’t just form the most lethal attacking force on the planet, but also the meanest and toughest defense to crack – with their midfield engine Sergio Busquets ever-present to shut the gates. Luis Enrique is the manager with arguably the easiest job on the planet – with an array of superstars at his disposal – very seldom pushed to the brink or even forced to fire on all cylinders.

AC Milan were the last side to clinch 2 consecutive European crown at the turn of the 90s – boasting a side of Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten at its core and winning 3 European Cups in 6 years. With Andres Iniesta orchestrating the Catalan symphony from midfield alongside Ivan Rakitic – few would disagree that this Barcelona side is by far the finest and most complete unit ever to line up on a football pitch. Whether it’s a blend of tiki-taka, a devastating counter attack or just individual brilliance – there are very few sides that can stop this tightly knit unit. If the Barcelona side that won 2 Champions League titles in 3 years between 2009 and 2011 was dubbed one of the finest, this current side has moved head and shoulders above the rest – pushing the defending Champions well on course for a second straight title and stamping a decade of dominance.

 

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