Bayern Munich, which passed like a cyclone on Saturday through Leipzig, already has five victories in a row this season and appears in Barcelona with the memory of the worst sports nightmare that Barça suffered in Europe. Barely 13 months after his last face to face and the 2-8 in Lisbon is not erased around a Camp Nou where the premiere of the Champions League is expected with excessive caution. It is not strange considering a palpable reality: today the German team is a step, or two, above Barça.
Led by a Robert Lewandowski who is called to be one of the undisputed figures of the Champions League that opens on Tuesday, Bayern's potential is so indisputable that it presents him as a huge challenge for Ronald Koeman's Barça, faced with good luck. first with one of the favorites of the tournament along with Manchester City, Chelsea or, above all, PSG.
Seven of the starters of that Bayern of August 14, 2020 repeated in the eleven that beat Leipzig this weekend and in the squad, which is estimated, will start on the night of the Camp Nou. There is also change on the bench with the presence of the young Julian Nagelsmann, as determined to keep the roll in the Bundesliga as determined to regain the continental throne from which PSG separated him in the quarterfinals of last year.
The departure of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona involves much more than just a player changing shirts and teammates. He is joined by Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann, among others. In addition to being Barça's first official international game without Messi, it is also his first meeting with Bayern Munich since he suffered the hardest fall in Europe in his history: he was defeated 2-8 two years ago in which some classify him as the beginning of the departure of the Flea from the Spanish box.