Although they crashed out in surprising fashion to Roma last season, Barcelona look set to be the team to beat in this season’s UEFA Champions League. Ernesto Valverde’s league champions are finally ready to transfer their league form to Europe’s grandest stage.
Here’s why Barcelona are the team to beat in the UCL 2017/18.
3Messi out for revenge
For the first time in over a decade, Lionel Messi was not shortlisted in the top 3 of FIFA’s world player awards. The 31-year-old is now not only being written off by the fans, but he’s also being written off by the footballing public too. According to many, Lionel Messi is the greatest player to ever live but now that phrase is being branded about in the past tense.
Even during the summer, the Argentinean captain was ridiculed and lambasted for his country’s failure to progress to the latter stages of the tournament. There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal. You’d be a fool to rule out Messi as his influence over his team is unparalleled in today’s age. When he’s on form, Barcelona is on form.