Barcelona and Bayern Munich kick off their respective Champions League campaigns on Tuesday night with a tense Group E clash. For this face-off at Camp Nou, we have some Champions League football news – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich.
La Blaugrana finished third in the 2020-21 La Liga season (the football news), ensuring another spot in the group stages. This season though, in 2021-22, they have recently enjoyed a La Liga-sanctioned break in their schedule.
Meanwhile, Bayern’s perennial dominance in the German top flight has only continued to grow stronger this season.
- For this Champions League opener, Martin Braithwaite joins fellow attackers Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero, and Ousmane Dembele on the bench. So, for Barcelona, Luuk de Jong may start following his arrival from Sevilla.
- Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest will both need evaluation but it seems the former is more likely to start.
- Coutinho has yet to play for Barcelona this season. But here, he may have to line up in attack alongside De Jong and Memphis Depay.
Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Araujo, Pique, Alba; Busquets, F. de Jong, Pedri; Depay, L. de Jong, Coutinho
- Serge Gnabry will need evaluation after quitting at halftime against RB Leipzig on Saturday, with Jamal Musiala possibly replacing him.
- Besides Gnabry, Benjamin Pavard, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and Leon Goretzka also needed substitution in the win over RB Leipzig. But all these replacements, then, were to rest key players for tonight’s important group-stage match rather than due to injury.
- Finally, both Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso from France are definitely out from Bayern’s starting lineup.
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup: Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sane, Muller, Musiala; Lewandowski
Champions League Football News – Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
- Barcelona has had more time to prepare for the visit of Bayern Munich. They have even had a strong start to the season after picking up seven points from their first three games. However, we don’t need to remind you of the last time these two parties met, when Bayern won by 8-2.
- Bayern Munich are unlikely to romp to another such victory at Camp Nou. But they will be confident of taking an early scalp in their most difficult group stage game. Plus, the Bundesliga side has won five consecutive games, including a 4-1 thrashing of RB Leipzig in Leipzig on Saturday.
- So, Bayern should earn a huge gameweek one win in midweek with wind in their sails and with greater depth.
While any Bavarian hopes of another six-goal thrashing are unrealistic, it’s difficult to identify any flaws in this Bayern side now that Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have returned to bolster the backline.
Meanwhile, Barcelona has started the season well under Ronald Koeman. But they are straight-away facing the team with the longest unbeaten streak away from home in the Champions League. And this can only lead to one result, a result Barca won’t like.