Two of the biggest teams still the competition Barcelona and Bayern Munich will go head to head with the winner of the tie pitted to be the one that could go all the way and win this season’s UEFA Champions League.
The two teams have both managed to reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League a record 18 times, this is more than any other side has ever been able to achieve in the competition with Barcelona having played in the competition 24 times while Bayern 23 times.
Barcelona becomes the first team in the records of the competition to reach the quarterfinals for a record 13th time consecutively since the season of 2007/8
This fixture will be the first time these two giants will be meeting since the 2014/15 season when Barcelona knocked out Bayern Munich in the semifinal. However, despite that, Barcelona has lost to Bayern than any other team losing 5 games of their 8 encounters.
Barcelona knocked out Italian side Napoli in the last round of 16 while Bayern Munich comfortably saw off London side Chelsea last week.
Gerard Pique and Lenglet, Alba, and Semedo will have to be very wary of the free-flowing pace of Bayern attackers of Lewandowski, Gnabry, and Ivan Perisic.
Robert Lewandowski is currently the top scorer with 13 goals in the Champions League. Against Chelsea last week, he scored 1 and setting up another so Barcelona’s defense has to be extra cautious while playing against him.
Can Messi Keep Barcelona in the Champions League Tonight?
Lionel Messi has been the only consistent person in this Barcelona side and in games where he has been quiet, the team has either drawn or gone ahead to lose. It is imperative that tonight, Messi is on form but most importantly that Griezman discovers his scoring boots from whichever holiday he left them, and Suarez is only focused on the game tonight.
In Rakitic and De Jong who seem to be low on energy, they could find a whole lot of challenge playing against a very energetic side of Goreztka and Thiago Alcantara who have been really important for Hansi Flick and his boys in terms of creativity and providing backing for the defense.
For Bayern Munich winning the UEFA Champions League is a top priority considering the fact that the last time they won it was in 2012/13 season in a final against local rivals Borussia Dortmund. Interestingly, for Barcelona not only are the big ears important for them, but it is also an opportunity to get one over rivals Real Madrid who won the Spanish La Liga.
Both teams play the 4-3-3 formation which means that they both love to attack. Tonight the wingbacks will play a very significant role in the outcome of today’s game.
Author: Moses Echodu
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