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FC Bayern vs. FC Barcelona Preview: What to expect in the Bavarian capital



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FC Barcelona travels to Munich to play the second leg after comfortably winning the first leg 4-0. This suggests that Barca is pretty much through to the semifinals, which is also true. However, Barca will still have to work for it as Bayern has a lot of quality on the offense as they proved when they won with 4-0 against former great, Eintracht Frankfurt.

The last time Barca played in Munich was in Mehmet Scholl’s testimony, before the start of the 07/08 season. It that instance, Barca won 1-0 after a volley by Messi 5 minutes before the ref blew the final whistle. The game was rather uneventful and if the game tomorrow is that as well, it bodes well for Barca’s chances.

Guardiola will probably field one of his strongest teams, as although advancing to the semi-finals seems pretty certain, there is no reason to take a chance on it. The only player absent from the strongest lineup is Marquez who cleverly took a yellow card and a suspension in the first game. Furthermore, Henry isn’t feeling to well so he’ll probably be left out.

Expected Barcelona lineup:

Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Keita
Messi, Eto’o, Iniesta

Abidal will be reinstated at left back after coming back from injury. He was on the bench on Saturday so he should be ready. Yaya, Xavi and Keita didn’t start the game against Recreativo so the midfield looks dead set. Eto’o didn’t play against Recreativo so he’s a shoe-in, while Iniesta doesn’t suffer from fatigue due to his injuries. The only question in attack is Messi. He looked tired against Recreativo and could be replaced by Bojan or Hleb.

This formation will also ensure that Barcelona will keep a lot of possession and thereby be strong in defence by simply holding the ball as we discussed in a recent article on who the play in the midfield.

The game kicks off tonight at 8:45 PM local time.

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I’m a 23 year old Danish FC Barcelona fan who fell in love with the club when Michael Laudrup was orchestrating the Dream Team in the early 90’s. I remember the exact game that made me a Blaugrana. My parents were visiting some of their friends and brought me along as they had some kids I could play with. When dusk turned to dawn we turned on their black and white TV and watched Barca win an epic 5-0 victory against Real Madrid. I remember the atmosphere, I remember the fantastic play and I remember thinking: “This is special – this is epic,” although it took me many years to grasp and fully understand what I had just witnessed – I just knew it was magic.