- 1 FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifinal Match Preview
- 2 FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifianl Strategy Analysis
Barcelona are set to face Bayern with wind on their side! The Camp Nou encounter of FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifinal has all its odds in favour of the Catalan. Let’s have a glance at Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich match preview before the battle begins.
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifinal Match Preview
FC Barcelona’s form –
The Spanish giants are on fire! We have experienced the deadly FC Barcelona earlier but with this team, it’s a bit different. The team has gained its momentum slowly and are on a tremendous run these days. MSN are in good coordination and Luis Suarez has also joined the party finally fitting into the shoes. In last five encounters Barcelona have scored twenty goals and haven’t conceded a single one! The team is also not having much injury troubles unlike their UCL opponent. No doubt it is going to be very hard for any team to have a shot against them.
FC Barcelona Latest Injury Updates:
There is no official injury news of FC Barcelona, as of now.
FC Barcelona last five matches –
Barcelona 2 – 0 Valencia
Barcelona 2 – 0 Paris SG
Espanyol 0 – 2 Barcelona
Barcelona 6 – 0 Getafe CF
Córdoba 0 – 8 Barcelona
Bayern Munich’s form –
The German giants are a bit of the track. After demolishing FC Porto in UCL Quarter final and wining the Bundesliga soon after, Bayern lost to Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen back to back. The Dortmund encounter led them out of DFB-Pokal where the Bayern players failed to score a single penalty in the shoot-out! In addition to the recent collapse the team is also facing some serious injury troubles. Though Pep Guardiola would launch all his master pieces in the hope of not another UCL semi-final exit, but the target seems pretty difficult!
Bayern Munich Latest Injury Updates –
Doubtful: Frank Ribery, Robert Lewandowski (Broken jaw and nose + concussion)
Injured: Arjen Robben (Left Calf Muscle Tear), David Alaba (Left Knee Ligament Tear), Holger Badstuber (Left Thigh Muscle Tear)
Bayern Munich Last Five Matches –
Hoffenheim 0 – 2 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 6 – 1 Porto
Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Hertha BSC
Bayern Munich (0) 1 – 1 (2) Dortmund
Bayer 2 – 0 Bayern Munich
FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Semifianl Strategy Analysis
If the match had happened six months ago, the talking points would have been completely different, but with latest changes and updates the strategy of the match is getting loads of different approaches.
It’s no secret that FC Barcelona is a squad full of Guardiola’s lads. But having the maestro against them can cause team Barca to create some new moves at the pitch. Pep is surely going to have some plans for the Barcelona star Lionel Messi. But that’s not the most interesting part. The most interesting part starts with the other two strikers Pep is not familiar with. Both Neymar and Suarez are going to be Enrique’s Ace for the upcoming encounter.
Not having Robben, Ribery and Lewandowski (he may play wearing mask) would surely trouble Bayern a lot! As the team’s main strength lies in attacking from both flanks and scoring thereafter. There are some clinical poachers in Bayern squad but Robben and Ribery will surely be missed in the wings alongside the attacking third would undoubtedly get a bit blunt without Lewandowski.
Lionel Messi Factor:
The whole Barcelona team have surely not forgotten the 7-0 loss against this rival earlier. But a hidden pain does lie in Lionel Messi’s being, about the loss in World Cup 2014 final. Most of the German International players from that team will be in Nou Camp, and Messi will have his chances to take the revenge along with the whole team!
Barcelona Home Factor:
To invest on the home advantage the Nou Camp will be filled thorough and through with Barcelona supporters from all around the world. The management also are putting enough effort to build the team spirit at highest level. In connections to that the fans will be given mosaics displaying ‘We are ready’ along with four Champions League winning seasons i.e 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011.
Expected Starting Elevens of Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich UCL Semifinal:
Expected starting Eleven of Barcelona –
Ter Stegen, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic , Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Expected Starting Eleven of Bayern Munich –
Neuer; Bernat, Benatia, Boateng, Rafinha, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Alonso, Thiago, Gotze, Muller
The Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich match is surely the most awaited fixture of the UEFA Champions League so far. May the best team take it all!