[5th-May-15] Match Preview: Barcelona – Bayern Munich
Bayern striker Robert Lewandolski is set to play the first leg of Munich’s Champions League semi-final first leg in a protective mask after he broke his nose and jaw in the German Cup semi-final loss on penalties to Borussia Dortmund. The German champions will also be without forwards Arjen Robben & Franck Ribery, along with David Alaba and Holger Badstuber. On the other side of the pitch, Barcelona are only without centre half Jeremy Mathieu for the tie.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has some history heading into the fixture. A player at Nou Camp for 11 years, Guardiola won 6 La Liga titles and the Champions League crown before managing the side for 4 years, securing another 14 trophies in the process. Now at Bayern, he’s won 2 Bundesliga titles and the Club World Cup as well as the Champions League 2 years ago.
I fancy Barcelona in this one but it will be tight. Bayern are without the players that carried them and won them the final 2 years prior and Barcelona have way too much class not to capitalize on it.