Germany legend and former captain, Michael Ballack has made his admiration for Barcelona trio, Messi, Suarez and Neymar known, but has pointed out their inability to defend.
The South American forwards have been instrumental for Barcelona this season, firing them to La Liga and Copa del Rey success. A possibility of completing the treble is high as they are set to face Juve in the UCL final.
Ballack though has pointed out that their inability to defend could be the undoing of the team, he went on to brand them ‘divas’.
“Of course they have weaknesses. Most obviously in terms of their defence: remember Bayern Munich scored three goals in the semi-final second leg, so they’re clearly vulnerable,” he told The Guardian .
“Their biggest strength can also become a weakness. Those three forwards are all superstars. They are a little bit like divas sometimes when you see them: they don’t like to defend.
“So it will be interesting to see how Juventus can create unhappiness in their game. These kind of players like to have the ball, they want to play, they want to enjoy movements, to pass the ball around.
“If Juve make sure that can’t happen, as the game goes on they’ll become more and more frustrated and they can lose their discipline. That’s the key. That’s the time where Juventus must take over because an Italian team never loses discipline. Their players live for and thrive off this discipline.
“It’s an outstanding trio. I’ve never seen three players up front in the same team like that. Bayern Munich have Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski, who are amazing when they’re in good shape.
“Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, even if Cristiano tends to dominate. But Barcelona’s are all absolute superstars. It says a lot that all three’s national teams rely on them as well: Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
“That tells you everything about their quality.”