Barcelona's Champions League analysis: Tactics of Porto, Shakhtar & Antwerp

The draw has been kind to Xavi this year and Group H must be to Barcelona's liking. But what does that mean for their European aspirations? Let's analyse all three of their opponents.

For years now, Barcelona have struggled to be a relevant force in the Champions League. Ever since Luis Enrique's title-clinching campaign with MSN in tow, the Catalans have been failing - and often failing miserably - on the grandest club football stage of them all. And sometimes, it was a question of ability, sometimes of luck, but either way, even Xavi's arrival did little to change their European fortune.

This season, however, fate has been most kind to the Blaugrana. Group H saw them draw Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Antwerp. All three teams will have their say but all three are significantly weaker than Barcelona -- on paper.

So, what can we expect from them and Xavi's squad in the Champions League?