Pep Guardiola will lead Bayern Munich into the Camp Nou on Wednesday as the German side will take on Barcelona — his former team — in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday night. Real Madrid and Juventus clash in the other semifinal.
Bayern is coming off a trying week, losing just its third league game of the season after falling in the German Cup semifinals on penalties, ruining the possibility of a second treble in three seasons.
Barcelona’s hopes for a treble are still alive as they reached the Copa del Rey final and lead La Liga by two points with three matches to play.
Here’s what you need to know about the match:
UEFA Champions League semifinal, first leg
Wednesday, May 6
Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
2:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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Barcelona -165, Bayern Munich +450, Draw +300
Champions League Record: 9-1
Coach: Luis Enrique, first season
Goals Per Game: 2.3
Clean Sheets: 5
Leading Goal Scorer: Lionel Messi, 8
Assist Leader: Lionel Messi, 4
Card Leader: Rafinha, 2 yellow cards, 1 red card
Scouting Bayern Munich
Coach: Pep Guardiola, second season
Goals Per Game: 3
Clean Sheets: 6
Leading Goal Scorer: Thomas Muller, 6
Assist Leader: Thomas Muller/Robert Lewandowski, 3
Card Leader: Xabi Alonso, 3 yellow cards, 1 red card
Barcelona 3, Bayern Munich 2
Both sides are more comfortable going forward than defending, and that should ring true in this series. While Messi, Suarez and company will have a dominant stretch in the match, a few away goals will keep Bayern in the tie heading back to Munich for the second leg next week.
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