Match Today: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich 09-13-2022 UEFA Champions League
The two European football giants, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, will go head-to-head in a giant Champions League match on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich will be ready for a massive showdown at the Allianz Arena when they face Barcelona in the Champions League. Their group has already been described as the big group because of the standings of the teams. The Bavarian giants passed the first hurdle against Inter Milan last week, but this will be different.
Bayern Munich were somewhat surprisingly eliminated last season in the quarter-finals at the hands of Villarreal, ousted by Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals in 2020/21; In the previous season, they crushed Barcelona 8-2 in a home and away match.
The German national team went on to win the title that year, but things are expected to be different this time. Xavi Hernandez ruled out Sergi Roberto at the weekend, perhaps as a precaution after the versatile midfielder struggled with a muscle problem against Viktoria Plzen.
However, the Spaniard is included in a strong squad of 25 traveling to Bavaria, and the likes of Jules Conde and Eric Garcia may enter the defensive setup.
Xavi will consider a change of left-back, despite Alejandro Balde's excellent performance against Cadiz at the weekend.
There is a feeling that the Barcelona coach may resort to replacing the young player with the more experienced Jordi Alba, who has had some problems since the start of the season.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich need to rediscover their usual fluidity if their league level is by any measure. The Bundesliga holders have drawn in their last three domestic matches, most recently against Stuttgart despite their two-time lead in the confrontation, they will undergo the first real test of this campaign when they host Barcelona.
Barcelona can gain confidence from their current level and fight this clash with their heads held high. The acquisition of former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski proved to be one of the most important business so far, and the Polish striker continued his scoring spree when the Catalans beat Cadiz by four goals.
Barcelona have won their last five matches in all competitions and have been on a relentless goal-scoring state. The old memories of playing against Bayern Munich, especially the 8-2 knockout, will be new, but Xavi Hernandez is a different coach with a much-changing squad.
This does not mean that Barcelona have the upper hand here, but they remain in the form that will allow them to face a giant like Bayern with confidence.
Moreover, they will be keen to exploit the problems in Julian Nagelsmann's current setup, although the hope of a clean victory would be considered a distant dream for the time being.
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich are unbeaten in 30 of their last 32 Champions League matches, Bayern Munich have scored at least three goals in their last four matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
Bayern Munich have won seven of their last eight matches against Barcelona in all competitions, and Barcelona have won their last five matches in all competitions.
Barcelona lost at half-time and full-time in their last three games against Bayern Munich in all competitions, Julian Nagelsmann will play the Barcelona match without Kingsley Coman and Bona Sarr.
However, after resting several of his starts in the Stuttgart match, the Bayern Munich coach will determine a strong squad before the match at home. Dayout Opicano and Nassir Mazraoui respectively, apart from that, Xavi has a full fitness squad at his disposal and no new injuries have been reported at the time of writing. His 11 against Bayern.