When a team features most of the starting line-up of the reigning European and World Champions and adds the best player in the world, they must be the prohibitive favorites to win the Champions League.
Barcelona boasts a squad that makes even seasoned managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jose Mourinho green with envy.
Despite a disappointing loss in the semi-finals in their title defense last year, Barcelona have added the dangerous David Villa to the ranks that include the best midfield for a club team in the last decade.
Lionel Messi had a sub-par World Cup with Argentina and will only be that much more motivated re-capture the European Cup stake his claim as the greatest player on the planet.
One thing that has changed since Barcelona's dominating run two seasons ago is the level of competition; almost all of their true rivals are much stronger than before and have the tools to attack the Catalans at every position.
Whether Pep Guardiola can handle the tactical challenges before and during the match will ultimately decide the balance between the immense talents Barcelona brings and will be facing matchday in and matchday out.