WATCH - Innovation Champions - Barcelona's superstars ready to strut their stuff in UEFA Champions League

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The LaLiga leaders have been up to their creative tricks in the UCL this season

Barcelona have only made it past the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League once in the last five years, and they will be hell-bent on rectifying that against Manchester United.

After sweeping Lyon aside in emphatic fashion in the Round of 16, Ernesto Valverde's side will be relying on their creativity to carve open United, and they certainly have a number of stars ready to slice through the Red Devils.

In Lionel Messi (67), Ivan Rakitic (61) and Philippe Coutinho (60), Barca have the top three players remaining in the UCL for sequences ending in a shot, while Messi also leads the UCL for sequences ending in a goal (12).

Their creativity extends through to the whole team, too - the Blaugrana have created 46 attacks containing 10 passes or more in this season's UCL; no team has created more.

Innovation Champions

Innovation Champions

Posted by Goal on Friday, April 5 2019

Watch the video above for the statistics and full breakdown. 

Throughout the 2018-19 season, the 'Innovation Champions' series will highlight the Intelligent Movement of Europe's top teams. Follow the series on Facebook at Nissan Football Lab.

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