3 Reasons Barcelona Will Win The Champions League

Barcelona could be competing for a treble by the time the Champions League final against Juventus rolls around on June 6th, as they still have to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final and they won La Liga for the 23rd time. Here are three reasons why Barca, a -173 favorite to win their fifth European Cup/Champions League title, will win this match.

Lionel Messi

There are few players in the world in any sport that can win a match by themselves, but Messi is one of them and he proved it in the first leg of the semifinal against Bayern Munich, which was scoreless for most of the match until Messi scored twice and set up another. At 27 (28 on June 24th), Messi might have had the best all-around season of his career with 58 goals in 57 games in all competitions, but it is his 28 assists that catches your eye because we all know Messi can score, but he is incredibly unselfish and every time he makes a flashy move, it is necessary, not just for the sake of. If Messi is allowed to run wild, Juve might as well go home

The Forward Three

Messi's assist total is high because of his forward teammates, Neymar and Luis Suarez. The South Americans (Messi is from Argentina, Neymar from Brazil, Suarez from Uruguay) combined for 124 goals in all competitions this season, and Suarez took a while to fit in after his move from Liverpool. With Suarez and Neymar up front, it has allowed Messi to drop a little deeper and play more of a No.10 playmaking role, although he obviously still has a goal scorer's touch and defenders have to pick their poison when it comes to choosing who to cover. This means the midfield has to drop back more to help out and that is less time to attack. Barca's strength used to be in the midfield with Xavi (who will play his last game with Barca if he features in the Champions League final) and Andres Iniesta, but now, it all starts with a front three that is probably the best in the world.

Sergio Busquets/Gerard Pique

That being said, some defending will have to be done and these two veterans will be at the heart of it, along with Javier Mascherano. Busquets and Pique struggled at the beginning of the season and many thought they were done, but as the campaign went along, they found their form and Barca's defense got better by leaps and bounds as Busquets can still snatch possession and get it to one of his more offensively-minded teammates in the blink of an eye and Pique is going to be instrumental and helping to slow down Carlos Tevez. Busquets will need some aid against Juventus' powerful midfield, but he will be up to the challenge. These two will have to draw on their vast experience in order to lift Barcelona to yet another European crown.