If we like the Champions League so much, it’s because of games like this one. Test of a lot of height for the Barcelona of Leo Messi, which faces this Friday at 9:00 p.m. the great favorite of this edition of the best European competition between clubs, the Bayern Munich. Only one ingredient is missing from the meeting: public in the stands. Beyond that, the game has a level, desirable individual duels, emotion, controversy … Let the ball roll at the Estadio da Luz.
Few doubt the favoritism of Bayern, even less in the environment of the German club, in which several former players have raised their voices in recent days warning of the superiority of the Bavarian team over Barcelona. The first was the honorary president of the entity, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, that valued the moment of form of the culés with certain arrogance: «The Barça of today no longer is the one of before. They have Messi, a player like him is always capable of genius, but he alone will not be enough against Bayern. Barça does not scare me, « he said. He also shot with pride Matthaus: «Bayern would have to make a lot of mistakes to lose against Barça».
And is that Bayern Munich scares. The team beat Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16, with a 7-1 in the overall tie. And not only that: since the return of German football, the team has won absolutely everything. In fact, they do not know defeat in this 2020 in which they have already lifted two titles. Of all this is quite guilty Robert Lewandowski, which is emerging as the great threat to Quique Setién’s men: the Pole has scored ten goals in the last nine games and is going through one of his best moments. Let’s see who stops him.
Messi, a reason to believe
It never ceases to surprise that Barcelona face a Champions League match with so little favoritism, but that’s the way things are. It has not been the best season for the Catalans, that have not improved on the return from confinement. After a League final that ended with the Real Madrid title, Messi charged against the performance of his team, which had a rest period before facing the round of 16 against Naples. The procedure was completed and the team beat the Italians, but again with many doubts in their game.
Despite all this, there are reasons to believe that Barcelona can eliminate Bayern. The main one is Leo Messi. The one who for many is the best player in history wants to win the Champions League and Barça entrusts itself to him to achieve it. In principle, La Pulga will form an attack together with Luis Suárez and Griezmann, whom the team also needs in its best version. Another one of those reasons is Ter Stegen, who continues to be the saint under the sticks of the team and will want to vindicate himself against his compatriot Neuer.
Few doubts exist in the eleven that Quique Setién will line up, facing his first great night of the Champions League as Barcelona coach. The Cantabrian coach will go out with everything at the Estadio da Luz to get planted in a semifinals where they could cross with Guardiola’s City. So will Hansi Flick, who considers including in the eleven a Coutinho who returns to meet his former teammates. Another of the incentives of a clash that has almost everything to become a great night in the Champions League. The Estadio da Luz will dictate sentence: Barcelona or Bayern, only one can be a semifinalist.