Barcelona aim for revenge as Bayern Munich make trip to Nou Camp

It is the second of the Champions League semi-final as Barcelona will be out for revenge against Bayern Munich, who at this stage two years ago thrashed the Spaniards 7-0 over two legs. Will it be deja vu or will it be Barcelona celebrating tonight?

Barca come into this one as favourites with Bayern’s recent away form in the Champions League a bit iffy as of late as they fell to Porto 3-1 in Portugal, but managed to save their blushes with a 6-1 victory at home to qualify for the final four.

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona finished the job against PSG 2-0 image:90min.com

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona finished the job against PSG 2-0 in the second leg
image:90min.com

As for Barcelona, PSG caused them no problems as they comfortably saw off the challenge of the French side and with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi wreaking havoc both in this competition and La Liga, they will look for a big advantage to take to Munich next week.

Barcelona gaffer Luis Enrique knows exactly what his front trio are capable of but said his side also need a strong defensive display as they look to reach their first Champions League final in four years.

“Defending and attacking will both be key,” said the 44-year-old.

“We have to score goals and not concede any, which means we have to be a complete team. It’s not just about attackers and defenders, we all have to do both jobs. The crowd have to be great, especially supporting the team when Bayern are causing us problems.

“I don’t think Pep has any doubts about what we are going to do. We both want possession and we shall see who is in better shape. This is one of the most attractive matches in Europe.”

Pep Guardiola who spent four years as manager of Barcelona said it is great to be back at Barcelona but is only focused on tonight’s game and helping Bayern reach the final.

“It’s wonderful to be back. I have lots of memories,” said the Spaniard.

“Obviously it’s very special for me because I was at this club for many years. Now I am with Bayern and I am here for the match tomorrow. That’s my job and I have to do my best. This is a Champions League semi-final with two of the best teams in Europe.

“I sat here for four years and this is my first time back. I knew that if I coached big clubs there was a possibility of coming back. I am not here for a testimonial but to do my job. I want us to play well here and in Munich.”

Bayern celebrate as they came from two down to thrash Porto 6-1 at home image: dawn.com

Bayern celebrate as they came from two down to thrash Porto 6-1 at home
image: dawn.com

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Barcelona have a near-full strength side to choose from with French defender Jeremy Mathieu the only absentee through a foot injury.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowksi is available to play but will have to do so wearing a protective mask, after the Polish international broke his nose and jaw in a clash with Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak in Bayern’s German Cup semi-final defeat.

Midfield duo Arjen Robben (calf) and Franck Ribery (ankle) are also missing for the away side through injury, as are defenders David Alaba (knee) and Holger Badstuber (thigh).

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