Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Line-ups


Bayern Munich

Barca Unlikely Underdogs


Barca have actually won 14 of their previous 19 two-legged ties with German opposition, while they are one of only two previous winners left in this season’s competition, the other being Bayern.


Bayern were the only side to collect maximum points in this season’s group stage, meaning that they have won all eight of their Champions League fixtures this term, while they are unbeaten in their last 13 European games outside Munich, picking up 10 victories in the process.


Barca knocked Bayern out in the semi-finals of the 2014-15 competition before going on to win it, while the German giants beat the Spanish club in the semi-finals of the 2012-13 tournament en route to the trophy. The La Liga giants also beat Bayern in the quarter-finals of the 2008-09 competition, but the German side have won their only two previous meetings in the group stages of the European Cup.


Coman could replace Ivan Perisic on the left of an attack which will also include Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, while Benjamin Pavard’s ongoing absence with an ankle injury means that Joshua Kimmich will continue on the right of a back four.


Dembele, though, is unlikely to be fit enough to feature from the kick-off, but could be an option on the bench after being given the all clear to return to action. Busquets and Vidal, however, are likely to return to the starting lineup, in what is expected to be a midfield quartet.