Barcelona: story so far, key players, why they can win

Story so far: Barcelona
Supporting Barça hasn’t been for the faint-hearted this term. Witness that incredible last-16 comeback, when they became the first team in UEFA Champions League history to overturn a four-goal first-leg defeat. Indeed, they have been sublime at home, scoring 21 goals and conceding one in four mesmerising victories. Away they have won two, lost two. Next up: Juventus.

Record this season: P8 W6 D0 L2 F26 A9



Watch Barcelona's historic comeback: See all six of their goals!
Barcelona’s historic comeback

Pivotal moment
Going out on a limb here, it probably comes from the 6-1 second-leg triumph against Paris. Take your pick: Marc-André ter Stegen’s boot denying Edinson Cavani what would have been a killer 3-2 goal; Neymar’s stunning free-kick to make it 4-1 on 88 minutes; or how about Sergi Roberto himself and that 95th-minute clincher!

Why this is Barcelona’s year
See above. What better way to say farewell to coach Luis Enrique this summer?

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

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Main attraction: Lionel Messi – It is five seasons since the mercurial Argentinian last topped the UEFA Champions League scoring charts by himself but, with 11 goals already, it’s difficult to see anyone catching him.

Rising star: Samuel Umtiti – The summer signing from Lyon, 23, has been deployed in a back four and back three this campaign, yet has never looked fazed. With him, Barcelona have won 17/17 in the Liga; without it’s 2/11.

Unsung hero: Sergio Busquets – Xavi Hernández always looked impossible to replace but Busquets has quietly done a pretty good impression. Still only 28, he’s already ninth on Barcelona’s list of all-time appearances.

Top Fantasy points scorers: Lionel Messi (66)

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