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Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg – Bayern V Barcelona

Barcelona’s visit to the Allianz this evening seems all that much safer thanks to a goal that football fans are still talking about – that second Lionel Messi goal from the first leg. As well as this, there was a fairly large dose of Messi magic present at the Nou Camp, which culminated in the atmosphere from the first leg win being absolutely deafening, in the end though two Messi goals and one from strike partner Neymar were enough to give Barcelona the home win, and advantage, over their former manager and his new club.

For Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola, this tie is not going to be a pleasant break from their also disappointing domestic form. Although they will have the home advantage in the tie, defensive injuries as well as still missing the brilliance missing in long-term injuries for both Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben, leaves the Germans light in both defence and attackers. It must be remembered the fashion in which they came back against FC Porto in the previous round of the Champions League, although, Barcelona will undoubtedly pose a much sterner test.

Robert Lewandowski will probably be forced to wear a facial mask during the match again, whilst speaking to BBC Sport, he said; “We have to give everything we’ve got. We’ve shown often enough what we’re capable of here in Munich. It’s not over yet and we’ll battle to the end.”

Barcelona meanwhile have as-good-as clinched the La Liga title, and come into the game with their flamboyant front three well and truly in form. But, it’s not all about their attacking prowess, they are unbeaten in 18 games in all competitions, and have only had a single draw within those 18 games.

Starting XI’s:

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia, Bernat; Alonso, Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Thiago, Lewandowski.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; Suarez, Neymar, Messi.

Stats wise; Barcelona have won their last NINE Champions League games, scoring at least two goals in each of these. Neymar has also scored in his last SIX consecutive games, so you can bet he’ll want to stretch that run of goals. Bayern Munich are currently on a torrid losing-run, having lost their last four consecutive games.

 

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Stuart is Executive Editor (Football) for StalkSport. A Keen writer, watcher and player of many sports. Stuart writes for numerous other web publications, specialising in Sport and Music. His most notable work to date is on the West Ham site IronViews, as @IronViewsStu. He is an avid West Ham United fan.

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