Barcelona dominate UEFA Champions League Team of the Season

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Treble-winners Barcelona have enjoyed an exceptional season, underlined by their crowning glory in the Champions League.

The UEFA Technical Observers group have chosen who they feel were the most stellar players, to form the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season.

Inevitably, thanks to their magnificent campaign in the competition, crowned by victory against Juventus in the Berlin final, it's Barcelona who dominate, with ten out of the eighteen selected, from the Catalan giants.

Nobody can argue with the mighty impact the fearsome 'MSN' attacking trio have made in Europe, so with 27 goals between them in the Champions League, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, all feature amongst the best attackers.

The engine room of the Barcelona team, the midfield, also features strongly, with Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and final Man of the Match, Andres Iniesta, all chosen.

At the back, Barcelona defenders Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba, are backed up by German goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was first-choice between the posts for manager Luis Enrique, for the duration of the Champions League campaign.

Beaten finalists Juventus understandably provide the second largest contingent of players, with veteran goalkeeper Giuanligi Buffon, joined by defender Giorgio Chiellini, who missed out on the date in Berlin. Midfielders Claudio Marchiso and the iconic Andrea Pirlo also feature, along with attacker Alvaro Morata.

Semi-finalists Real Madrid provided just two of their stars, with German midfielder Toni Kroos recognised for his efforts, whilst for his goal scoring exploits, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo also made the list.

Last and by no means least, the only Premier League player to feature amongst the array of European stars, was Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovoc.

The 31-year-old Serbian showed great solidity for his team, but was unable to help Chelsea beyond the first knockout round of the tournament, as Premier League clubs fell far short of expectations.

Manchester City amd Arsenal couldn't make it beyond the first knockout stage either, whilst Liverpool couldn't make it beyond the group stage, in what proved to be a hugely disappointing 2014-15 Champions League for English clubs.

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