Polish marksman Robert Lewandowski returns to face Bayern Munich as Barcelona go to Bavaria within the Champions League.
FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez laughed off the notion that taking part in at Bayern Munich is like visiting the ‘home of horrors’ forward of Tuesday’s mouthwatering Champions League Group C conflict.
They met in final season’s group stage, with the Germans twice successful 3-0, though Barca at the moment are a really totally different aspect and spearheaded by striker Robert Lewandowski, who moved to the Nou Camp from the Bavarians within the shut season.
Barcelona have by no means received at Bayern, who've triumphed within the final 4 conferences between the golf equipment with an general rating of 17-4, together with an 8-2 thrashing within the 2020 quarter-finals. Whereas Xavi acknowledged the duty in entrance of Barca is daunting, he stated his aspect should not have any concern going to Munich. ‘I wouldn’t name it the home of horrors - it’s simply Bayern’s floor,’ Xavi stated. ‘I’ve seen either side of the coin, beating them closely and dropping closely in opposition to them, however we now have by no means received on the Allianz and this speaks of how troublesome a spot it's to go and the duty at hand, however we’re optimistic. ‘We are able to’t be over-confident simply because we’ve had good outcomes these days. We have to keep in mind what it was like taking part in in opposition to them final 12 months, however I’ll be glad if we play to our potential and if we do this then I believe we are able to win and alter historical past.
The Spaniard has a fully-fit squad for the sport in opposition to Julien Nagelsmann’s aspect and is anticipated to recall Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Lewandowski, who all began on the bench in Saturday’s 4-0 win at Cadiz.
Bayern-Barça: previous 5 UCL conferences
December 2021: Bayern 3-0 Barcelona, matchday 6 Group E
The final conferences between the European giants got here final December at an empty Allianz Area (as a Covid-19 precaution) the place the German aspect condemned the Catalans to Europa League and a 3rd place end within the group. Objectives from Sane, Muller and Musiala have been sufficient to see the Bundesliga giants to safe three factors and a 100% group stage report.
September 2021: Barcelona 0-3 Bayern, matchday 1 Group EThe gulf in school between Barcelona and Bayern was clear to see from the off final season with the German’s outclassing the Catalans with three targets with out reply from the Bavarians uncovered the space between each groups. Robert Lewandowski was on course twice in opposition to, what can be his future aspect with Thomas Muller opening the rating simply after he half hour mark.
August 2020: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern, UCL 19-20 quarter-final
Presumably the bottom level for the membership this decade because the Catalan aspect have been humiliated at an empty Estadio da Luz in Lisbon with the pandemic forcing UEFA to play the ultimate video games of the competitors in a ‘bubble’ within the Portuguese capital.
The German aspect have been 5 targets forward on the break and the impact and impression of the consequence noticed instant adjustments on the Catalan membership with sporting director and head coach Eric Abidal and Quique Setien exiting following Barcelona’s largest defeat for 69 years.
Could 2015: Bayern 3-2 Barcelona, UCL 14-15 semi-final
The second leg of the 2105 semi-final was nearly as good as accomplished and dusted after Neymar bagged a primary half brace to safe a big combination benefit for the LaLiga aspect and regardless of two targets from Lewandowski and Muller, the Catalan aspect superior to the ultimate the place they might face Juventus and in the end raise the title with a 1-3 win within the Berlin last.
Could 2015: Barcelona 3-0 Bayern, UCL 14-15 semi-final
This was the final UCL win for Barça over the Bavarian aspect with a double from Leo Messi and a late Neymar third placing Pep Guardiola’s aspect in pole place within the first leg of the sem-final.
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