An active front three is what Barcelona have been lacking this season: two different coaches try to find the right formula and only succeed a few times.

The MSG trident

If Barcelona is looking to win the Champions League this season, they need their attacking trident Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann to be their absolute best. An active front three is what Barcelona have been lacking this season: two different coaches try to find the right formula and only succeed a few times. Quique Setien opted for a 4-4-2 formation against Villarreal towards the end of the season. With Suarez and Griezmann at the top and Messi right behind them, and it was successful. Still, if they cannot perform consistently the way they did that day, then the Champions League’s glory will be impossible. Although Leo once again won Pichichi and has scored fewer goals this season and the team have lost points in games where they did not expect.

Suarez failed to play well in this season due to injury and the coronavirus problems

The team has scored less than usual, even if it finished with the highest goal rate in the league. Suarez failed to play consistently enough between injury and the coronavirus hiatus and spent his most miserable season in a Barcelona shirt to date, scoring just 19. Still, the club is hoping he will be at his best for the Champions League. However, the Uruguayan went almost five years without scoring away from home in Europe. Which meant the responsibility was practically entirely on Messi’s shoulders. Relying so much on Messi was a big problem for the Blaugrana because when the Argentine is not quite in his best condition, then Barcelona struggles. Although Griezmann is currently injured, he is expected to come up against Napoli on 8 August.

The Frenchman has not played consistently this year and has frequently played out of position, which has affected his performance, but he has the talent. He could make a difference when Champions League football returns.