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After viewing the outrageously incredible performance of Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, we are being provided with more evidence that Barcelona can go on to claim their first Champions League title since 2011.

Formidable front line

So, why are the Spanish giants convincing us so infectiously that they can win the competition? Well, it is their front three that are doing all of the persuading.

Neymar Jr, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have formed an unstoppable partnership. Their linking up at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday helped former Liverpool star Luis Suarez get a brace after Neymar latched onto a Messi through ball to finish perfectly.

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All-in-all this season, the trio have scored eighteen Champions League goals between themselves which in itself is quite an incredible statistic.

If the deadly front three can continue with their barnstorming, there is absolutely no stopping the Catalan club from lifting the Champions League trophy in May.

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Dani Alves may not have featured for Barca against PSG, but his replacement, Martin Montoya, filled the boots of his right-back counterpart in style by emulating the same playing style as the Brazilian; bombing up and down the wing to assist the forwards and help out in the defence.

Similarly, Jordi Alba on the other side of the pitch did just as good of a job. By doing this, Neymar, Suarez and Messi are not only given the supply expertise from the midfield, but also from the full-backs, thus creating even more goalscoring opportunities.

Cool, calm, collective and patient passing

One thing that I cannot stand is their passing. They will often play around with the ball amongst the back line whilst all of us poor souls watching at home nearly fall asleep of boredom.

Unfortunately though, Barcelona know that they need to maintain that playing style in order to beat their opponents because after half-an-hour of pointless pressurising, they will all be too tired. That's when the injection of Barca's venom is administered and the forwards get involved.

Before you know it, Luis Enrique is smiling because his side are 2-0 up and there is nothing you can do to come from behind. It may be the simplest of tactics, and certainly the most boring, but that's how to win a Champions League.

Trust in ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is definitely the sort of goalkeeper you want in the middle of your goal in the Champions League.

When it comes down to German goalkeepers, they are mainly confident, composed and class. Manuel Neuer and Bert Leno are a couple of other examples; both have participated in this year's competition.

In many of the Barcelona games I have watched in the Champions League, quite often I have stood up to applaud some of the saves that they youngster pulls off. He did have a fairly quiet game against PSG, but in previous ties this year, he has been incredible. 

Other teams aren't good enough

As we saw on Wednesday night, the football world was once again shocked as Bayern Munich were torn apart by underdogs Porto in a 3-1 defeat that left the Bundesliga champions red-faced. 

There is a jam-packed physio room at the Allianz Arena now with so many key players requiring treatment and that would explain Bayern's recent slump in form. If they don't recover soon enough, the German's will be knocked out of the cup.

Real Madrid are lacking a certain something this year and that is why they won't win back-to-back titles. Cristiano Ronaldo looks plain, Karim Benzema is scared to shoot and Gareth Bale has simply lost everything he had. Until those three regain their form, Real don't stand a chance.

Other teams such as Juventus, Porto and Atletico Madrid who look like they can progress into the semi-finals will not stand a cat in hells chance of beating Barcelona who are cruising through life at the moment. 

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