Preview: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
Arguably the pick of the Champions League Quarter-final. Barcelona is going to take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the last match of the quarter-final.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: The Season so Far
Barcelona failed to defend their La Liga title, falling 5 points behind Real Madrid. Their defensive unit has come under a lot of criticism this season. They conceded 38 goals in the league. Four teams in La Liga conceded less. Surprisingly, they have not been as leaky in the Champions League, where they have conceded 6 goals. However, they have not been at their best in front of goal. They have scored 13 goals in the 8 games so far.
In contrast, Bayern Munich have scored 31 goals in the Champions League this season. They retained their league title, making it eight wins in a row. Robert Lewandowski is in the form of his life. He has scored 53 goals in all competitions. He is the top scorer in the Champions League with 13 goals. Messi, on the other hand, has three.
The two teams met last in the 2014/15 Champions League, where Barcelona knocked out Bayern in the semi-final with a scoreline 5-3 on aggregate.
Barcelona Champions League form: WWWLWW
Barcelona form (all competitions): WDWWDW
Bayern Munich Champions League form: WWWWWW
Bayern Munich form (all competitions): WWWWWW
Barcelona will be boosted by the return of their winger Ousmane Dembele who hasn’t featured for a match since November 2019. Other major absentees for them is their centre-back Samuel Umtiti. Additionally, Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal will return from suspension.
The only sure-shot absentee for Bayern is full-back Benjamin Pavard, while centre-back Jerome Boateng and winger Kingsley Coman are set to be available for the match.
Barcelona expected lineup (4-4-3):
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann
Bayern expected lineup (4-2-3-1):
Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Thiago, Goretzka; Coman, Perisic, Gnabry; Lewandowski