The race for the UEFA Champions League trophy this season is getting more intense every day as European powerhouses continue to put up a great fight in the prestigious tournament. The recently concluded Round Of 16 clashes produced a lot of surprising outcomes, with underdog teams defying the odds and knocking out the favorites from the tournament.
While big teams such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain both fell against underdogs, Catalan giants FC Barcelona held their nerves and overcame their own tricky fixture, defeating Olympique Lyon 5-1 on aggregate to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The Blaugrana are a team on a mission in Europe's elite tournament this season, steadily moving on their way to dominating the continent once again. Having failed to progress beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League in each of the past 3 seasons, Ernesto Valverde's men will be looking forward to moving further this term and below are 3 reasons why they could reach final of the competition:
#3. Squad depth
By virtue of their fantastic exploits in the transfer market, the Blaugrana have assembled arguably the strongest squad in Europe right now, with world-class superstars in all areas of the pitch including the bench.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Arthur Melo, Malcom, Kevin Prince Boateng, Clement Lenglet, Jean Claire Todibo, and Jeison Murillo have added more firepower to the team while Ousmane Dembele is finally proving his abilities this term following his injury crisis last season.
Young talents such Carles Alena, Juan Miranda, and Ruqui Puig have been firing on all cylinders after joining the squad this season and veterans such as Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Lionel Messi continue to scale fantastic heights. Unlike previous seasons, Barcelona look refreshed at the business end of the season and that will help them immensely as they aim to reach the final of the competition and claim the trophy once more.