Highlights Bayern Munich’s – Barça
Perhaps the nicest thing you could say about Barcelona here was that of all their recent humiliations against Bayern Munich, this was by some distance the least humiliating. They moved the ball with verve and purpose, enjoyed some excellent chances, looked at times like the old Barcelona with that vague whiff of sophisticated arrogance. Gavi and Pedri were two of the best players on the pitch.
Lewandowski’s hat-trick against Plzen was perfect preparation for this mouth-watering clash, and there was never any question over him starting against his former employers. He came on to score and make two assists against Cadiz in Barca’s last league game, and is flanked up front by Raphinha, as well as Ousmane Dembele, who scored the last goal in the 4-0 rout of Cadiz.
Leroy Sane was enigmatic in Bayern’s 2-0 win at the San Siro, scoring the opener and seeing another shot turned into his own net by Danilo D’Ambrosio. He starts from the right wing in this game, with Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala to his left. The pair have 11 goals between them already this season, with the front four completed by ever-present Thomas Muller.
Highlights Bayern Munich 2 vs 0 Barcelona:
Bayern Munich turned the game on itself with a spirited performance in the second half. Lucas Hernandez opened the scoring and Leroy Sane followed it with a sublime solo goal to make it 2-0 for the hosts. Barcelona will have to woo for all the first-half failed chances
Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona post-match analysis
Barcelona again fail to shake Champions League nemesis
Barcelona came into this match in much better form than Bayern, and it felt like Xavi’s men were the favorites even on the road to a team that’s given them fits over the years. The first half saw Barcelona in complete control, and it appeared as if the Blaugrana were going to run away with the match if they could just produce a final ball to beat Manuel Neuer.
That never happened. Instead, their old bogey team reemerged.
For the fifth straight time and ninth over all across 14 all-time meetings, Bayern emerged victorious. It’s becoming more than just a fluky trend, as it instead feels as if Bayern are poking a Barcelona voodoo doll in the dressing room.
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