Preview – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
This is the highlight game of the Champions League quarter-final round. Two of Europe's biggest clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich will lock horns, reigniting their rival in a bid to make the semis. This tie will see the rampant Bavarians lock horns with a Blaugrana side struggling to meet expectations, let alone dazzle like they used to a few seasons back.
Messi and Co. put Napoli to the sword in the round of 16 to book their spot in this round. However, do not be fooled by the 4-2 aggregate victory as Setien's side remain nowhere near convincing despite the victory. Moments of magic from Leo (who else) earned progression for the Spaniards but the game was an uncomfortable one for a team that prided themselves on dominating possession and dictating the play.
The defensive frailties, unconvincing midfield, and aging attack that contributed to their demise in La Liga remain unsolved. Many look to Messi to carry them once again, which is worrisome as the Argentine has not enjoyed the best of campaigns in a career that has seen remarkable seasons. Another worry for the Catalan giants is the form of their opposition.
There is a reason why Bayern Munich are touted as the favorites to win the title. Even before heavyweights such as Juventus and Real Madrid bowed out of the competition, many were confident in backing the Bundesliga champions. The enjoyed another German top-flight title and have been nothing short of devastating in Europe.
The round of 16 clash with Chelsea is a testament to that. Die Roten brushed aside the London giants with ease, winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge prior to the suspension of football. They followed this up with a 4-1 triumph at home in the second leg. Not only are they the most in-form team, but they also boast the most in-form striker in Lewandowski. The Polish striker is the leading scorer in the Champions League this season, netting 13 times. He has an overall tally of 53 goals in 2019/20, 15 of which have come in this calendar year.
One interesting fact is that the winner of all the previous Barcelona vs Bayern Munich ties have also gone on to lift the title. This was true in 2014/15 when they Blaugrana emerged triumphant in their semi-final encounter, as is with their 2012/13 penultimate-stage showdown which saw Bayern win. Will the champions of the Champions League be decided in this fixture? Tune in to find out.
Barcelona: Samuel Umtiti is the only player confirmed to miss this tie. As for Dembele, doubts linger over the Frenchman's fitness due to his long-term layoff and thus the odds of him featuring in this tie are slim. On the bright side, Setien will be welcoming back Busquets and Vidal to the squad.
Bayern Munich: The Germans' only absentee is Pavard, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Zirkzee, on the other hand, is a doubt. The likes of Lewandowski, Gnabry, and Muller should be fit and ready to test the shaky Blaugrana back four.
Bayern Munich are currently on an 18-game winning streak across all competitions, having last dropped points on 9 February in a goalless draw with RB Leipzig.
Overall, the Bundesliga champions are unbeaten in 27 matches. From those 27 ties, the Bavarians have won all but one.
In that aforementioned run, the Germans have scored a whopping 86 goals, averaging 3.3 per game, and have conceded only 20, registering 12 clean sheets in total.
While this game will be played in Lisbon and not the Camp Nou, it should be noted that the last away team to win a European game at Barcelona was Bayern and that occurred in 2013.
The last time these two sides met, it was the Blaugrana that emerged triumphant. They beat Neuer and Co. 5-3 on aggregate, with Messi scoring a memorable goal after bamboozling Jerome Boateng.
These two European giants have met 10 times in history, with the Catalans winning twice and the Germans triumphing six times (D2).
Where to watch Barcelona vs Bayern Munich live on August 14, 2020
Barcelona-Bayern kick off at 12:00 PT/15:00 ET/19:00 GMT/21:00 CEST
USA: TUDN USA, CBS All Access, ZonaFutbol, Univision NOW, TUDN.com, TUDN App, TUDNxtra, Univision
Australia: Optus Sport
Germany: TeleClub Sport Live, Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Sport UHD, Sky Go
Spain: Movistar+, Mitele Plus, Movistar Liga de Campeones
UK: BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate, BT Sport App, BTSport.com, BT Sport Extra
Live elsewhere? Here's where to watch Barcelona vs Bayern in your current location:
Barcelona vs Bayern München Broadcast Information
Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) (Lisboa)
Canada: CBS All Access, DAZN
France: RMC Sport en direct, RMC Sport 1
Germany: Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Sport UHD, Sky Go, TeleClub Sport Live
India: SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 2, Sony LIV
Indonesia: Vidio, SCTV
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Voetbal, Veronica TV
Nigeria: Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, SuperSport 5 Africa, DStv Now
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar+, Movistar Liga de Campeones, Mitele Plus
Turkey: beIN CONNECT Turkey, Digiturk Play, beIN Sports Turkey
United Kingdom: BTSport.com, BT Sport App, BT Sport Extra, BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate
United States: TUDN App, CBS All Access, ZonaFutbol, TUDN USA, TUDNxtra, fuboTV, Univision, TUDN.com, Univision NOW