Barcelona vs Juventus: Five reasons why Luis Enrique's men will win the Champions League

Barcelona are odds-on favourites to win first European Cup since 2011

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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar

Barcelona's attacking trio could be points one, two and three on their own, they are that good (but that would make this list too easy).

You must know the eye-popping stats by now: the trio have a record-breaking 120 goals and 55 assists between them this season. They have flourished in the second half of the season to produce one of the best attackes of all-time, with 79 of those goals coming in 2015.

On top of that they have scored 25 of Barcelona's 28 goals in the competition, as well as all 10 of the goals the team scored in the quarter-finals and semi-finals against Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

But it's not only their stunning goal haul and brilliant interplay that sets this trio apart. They have an almost telepathic connection, creating the majority of the goals for each other, and set the tone for the whole team with a high work rate.

Juve's first priority is to stop the trio... but can they be stopped?

Defensive weakness? Not really

Much is always made of Barcelona's perceived defensive weakness, with plenty arguing that whilst the team is an unstoppable force going forward, they can be exposed at the back, with a back four that looks a bit soft on paper.

That's just not true under Luis Enrique. The team are still vulnerable from set-pieces due to their lack of height but the back four of Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba is more than the perceived sum of their parts.

Alves and Alba may be rampaging wingers masquerading as full-backs but the pair are very clever on the back foot. Both are extremely quick, and happy to give away the kind of fouls high up the pitch that stop opposing teams get in an attacking rhythm.

Mascherano has developed into a very, very good - even if he is a bit small - central defender and Pique has regained his place as arguably the best centre-back in world football.

Barca conceded just 21 goals in La Liga this season, seven fewer than defensive juggernaut Atletico Madrid, and 10 in their 12 Champions League matches (Juventus have conceded seven).

With the attacking trio setting the tone and enforcer Sergio Busquets still roaming the midfield, Barcelona are a force to be reckoned with.

Missing Chiellini

It's a massive blow for Juventus to have one of their star men missing (and us to be robbed of another potential Suarez-Chiellini incident).

Chiellini is one of the world's best defenders, an attacking threat and an emotional leader for this team.

Juventus are instead likely to play the veteran Andrea Barzagli in the centre of their defence - or perhaps revert to a 3-5-2 - a 34-year-old who has only started one game in the competition this season.

Barzagli has been a very good player in his time but could struggle to keep up with the pace and interplay of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

Lack of goals

Juventus are over-reliant on Carlos Tevez for their goals. He was the only player in their squad to score in double figures this season (he finished with 20) and whilst some of that is because Allegri likes to rotate his strikers, they scored only 72 goals in Serie A and 16 in the Champions League this season, compared to 110 and 28 for Barcelona.

Alvaro Morata has come up big in the latter stages of this competition, but if Tevez is slowed or if Barcelona take the lead, they will find it hard to break down the Catalans.

They're Barcelona

They're massive favourites, they have arguably the best player ever playing the best football of his career, they have no injury concerns and club legend Xavi will play his last game for the club.

It's all set up nicely for them.

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