Champions League: Why FC Barcelona Might Be the First Club to Retain the Trophy

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Champions League: Why FC Barcelona Might Be the First Club to Retain the Trophy
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No club has managed to retain the Champions League trophy since its inception in 1992. AC Milan, Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United came close, losing the final the year right after they won the trophy, and Ajax came the closest, losing that final only on penalties.

Just like in 2010, Barcelona have realistic chances of putting an end to this "curse." In 2010, the Catalan outfit was only one goal away from reaching the final, but it wasn't meant to be.

This time, with no Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sabotage Barcelona's European campaign, they have an even better chance.

As history shows, defending the Champions League crown is a Herculean task, but if anyone can do it, it's this current FC Barcelona crop. The following are 10 reasons why Pep Guardiola's side has what it takes to defend their title.

 

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