Barcelona vs Bayern Munchen Preview Prediction: UEFA Match on 14.08.2020
Preview and Prediction
Barcelona has been in their disappointing campaign this year since 2017. It is even on the verge of deteriorating if they lose this weekend at the quarterfinal against Bayern in Da Luz Stadium, Lisbon. Champions League is their only hope now to finish the season victoriously with the title on their hand. First thing first, they have to defeat the German side, which has been in their impressive form this season. Otherwise, Lionel Messi and Co would end this season without any single silverware.
The teams’ previous matches
Blaugrana sealed one ticket to the next stage after dismantling Napoli 3-1 at their home turf at the second leg last week. Clement Lenglet’s header taking advantage of Ivan Rakitic’s corner kick opened the scoring. Messi then got his name on the scoreboard for the second goal and Luis Suarez did the same afterwards through a penalty. Il Partenopei only netted a consolation goal by Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty.
Bayern also won their second-leg game against Chelsea with even more goals on the pitch. They trashed The Blues 4-1. Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace followed by Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso while Frank Lampard’s men only replied once by Tammy Abraham’s goal.
Possible game plan
Both teams tend to employ the similar tactical approach, offensive ball possession game. Yet, Blaugrana still depends too much on Messi. Yet, the least Quique Setien could do is to ease the Argentine’s burden by sharing it to the midfielders such as Frankie De Jong for initiating attacks or providing assists and Antoine Griezmann for scoring. Thus, 4-3-1-2 is more well-suited for such circumstance, though they still need to be careful with Hans Flick’s 4-2-3-1. The Bavarians have aerial advantage and power despite relying only on creativity and ball possession.
Possible line-up and missing players
Barcelona (4-3-1-2) – Marc Ter Stegen; Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo; Frankie de Jong, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets; Lionel Messi; Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez.
Missing players: Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) – Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Lucas Hernandez, Joshua Kimmich; Thiago Alcantara, Leon Goretzka; Thomas Muller, Serge Gnarby, Ivan Perisic; Robert Lewandowski.
Missing players: Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman, Alphonso Davies, Leroy Sane
Barcelona vs Bayern Prediction
This is clash of two giants, but most importantly it is a clash of their two key men, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. This season Messi might only score three goals in Champions league and twenty five in La Liga but everybody knows he is the world’s best today. Lewy, on the other hand, is leading top scorer of UCL with thirteen goals and in Bundesliga with thirty four goals, which is more than Messi. No wonder that he deserves to be the one to end the domination of Messi-Ronaldo in the World Best Player award. Messi surely would not let such happen. Thus, he will be leading the team’s attack, which unfortunately, could be predictable. Barca should be careful of Bayern’s marking on him. Thus, it will be a tight match and La Pulga needs more support from the others to break the deadlock. Ansu Fati and Ivan Rakitic could come off the bench to do so. Eventually, the game might go to penalties and Neuer will have his equal match, Ter Stegen to prove who the best one for Die Nationalmannschaft is.
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