Xavi and co are on their way to the Champions League Final / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The cliché goes that ‘to win the Champions League you have to beat the best teams in Europe’. Players, managers and commentators say it all the time, and as Barça powered their way to this year’s final, it was never so true. In the first knockout round they beat Premier League champions Manchester City, then got the better of French title holders PSG and in the semis put out last season’s winners of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.

It’s been an extraordinary run for the Catalans, winning 10 of their 12 games, only losing at the Parc des Princes in the groups, and in the second leg at the Munich Arena, a defeat that was really a victory, as it ensured an aggregate win of 5-3 and a ticket to Berlin, where they will meet Juventus, the champions of another Europe’s major leagues, the Italian Serie A.

Having scored 28 goals and conceded just ten, Barça’s +18 record is only topped by Bayern Munich with +2. And Barça keeper Ter Stegen has kept no fewer than six clean sheets.

Here’s a review of the main stats from FC Barcelona’s impressive run to the Champions League Final:

THE ROAD TO BERLIN
Matches played 12
Matches won 10
Goals scored 28
Top scorer Leo Messi (10 golas)
Goals against 10
Clean sheets 6
Total shots 175
Shots on target 76
% accuracyl 20.5%
Shots onto woodwork 6
Goals assists 26
Total passes 8.124
Good passes 7.174
% pass accuracy 88.3%
% possession 61%
Fouls received 157
Fouls committed 127