Anything can happen in Lisbon.
8 teams remain and going forward its a one-game knockout format all the method to the last on August 23rd.
Thats great news and bad news for everybody.
Bayern Munich is one of Europes most popular teams and the wagering favorites.
Barcelona has actually remained in crisis mode for the greater part of the year but are coming off an encouraging win versus Napoli.
Bottom line, confidence or disappointment from the domestic campaigns is irrelevant. Thats in the past, and the Champions League trophy is just 3 games away.
The world will be viewing as the Catalan giants want to remove the Bavarian juggernaut with a scintillating semi-final versus previous supervisor Pep Guardiola on the horizon.
As Barcelona prepares for the challenge, heres an overview of Bayern Munichs season, and the gamers to enjoy for.
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Bayern Munich began the year under manager Niko Kovac, his second season in charge of the club after winning the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal Cup the previous season.
Coming into the year the most significant finalizings were a loan offer for Barcelonas Philippe Coutinho and defender Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.
Like Juventus, winning prizes is an expectation at Bayern The main objective is to make an aggressive run in the Champions League, but the previous year they were knocked out in the round of 16. Unsatisfactory.
Back home things did not begin well for Kovac as his team lost 2-0 to Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
On November 2nd, they suffered an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Frankfurt, leaving Bayern in 4th place in the table.
The next day Kovac left the group by shared consent and was replaced by assistant Hans-Dieter Flick on an interim basis. He would go on to sign a permanent agreement in April.
Under Flick, the team experienced immediate success and went on to control the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal Cup, making both trophies.
They have also cruised through the Champions League with little resistance, most recently snapping aside Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate.
As manager Flick did not absolutely change the group. In reality, he kept the exact same 4-2-3-1 development that Kovac was utilizing. Barca can anticipate the exact same shape on Friday.
The 2 major change he did make was with Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich.
Muller had fallen out of favor and saw his minutes diminish. Flick offered him a vote of confidence making Muller the regular attacking center midfielder. Coutinho was the one who suffered most under the change, but the group enhanced.
The relocation with Kimmich was much more significant. When Javi Martinez was injured, Flick moved Kimmich to the defensive midfield. This freed up Benjamin Pavard to play as the right-back. Both players mastered these functions.
Tactically, Flick moved the group closer to where it was under Guardiola.
In the develop, he had full-backs Pavard and Alphonso Davies push higher up the field when playing out of the back.
The holding midfielders dropped much deeper, while the attacking midfielder and the forwards occupied more of a main role. This enabled them to connect travel through the midfield, and also combine with the full-backs on the wing.
The net result was greater involvement from gamers like Muller and Serge Gnabry, which released up Robert Lewandowski to be in a position to score more objectives.
Defensively the team played a higher line which helped increase their ownership portion.
They also were well organized when protecting in front of goal staying compact with the center midfielders who were all set to take advantage of the challengers errors.
As an outcome, Bayerns objectives scored and conceded per video game both enhanced considerably.
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Benjamin Pavard is out with injury while Kingsley Coman is a doubt which changes the outlook.
The result is that Kimmich moves back to his original position as the left full-back. Against Chelsea he looked excellent there, and more than likely it implies that Leon Goretzka will end up being the second holding midfielder together with Thiago Alcantara.
One thing youll observe about Goretzka is that he appears like the Hulk now and even plays like it. During the pandemic he placed on great deals of muscle, and has actually been one of the teams leading performers given that the restart.
Completing the defense youll see David Alaba and Jerome Boateng in the middle, with Canadian Alphonso Davies as the left-back. The teenager missed out on training on Wednesday but is expected to be fit.
Only 19 years old and some people are calling him one of the best left-backs in the world. Barca require to keep an eye on him.
Up the field youll likely see Muller in a central role with Gnabry to his right. Who uses the left is a bit of a mystery. With Coman injured, youre most likely to see Croatian Ivan Perisic, who began against Chelsea, or Coutinho who began as a replacement.
Gnabry has actually ended up being one of Bayerns crucial players, taping 12 objectives and 10 assists in the Bundesliga. Muller likewise finished a resurgent year with a league leading 21 helps.
Barcas video game planning however will likely focus on closing down Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski. This year he scored an impressive 34 objectives, putting him in contention for the Ballon dOr prior to it was canceled.
Stopping him will require a strong defensive presence in the midfield that interferes with Bayerns develop up. Diario Sport has actually reported that Barca is thinking about having fun with four midfielders in order to resolve this concern.
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As manager Flick did not completely change the team. Flick gave him a vote of self-confidence making Muller the regular attacking center midfielder. Coutinho was the one who suffered most under the modification, however the group enhanced.
Just 19 years old and some individuals are calling him one of the finest left-backs in the world. Against Bayern theyll require to be prepared to take full benefit of the minutes theyre given.
Bayern are a formidable group at the moment due to the fact that of a system that uses belongings to develop space up the field for Lewandowski and the full-backs to make use of.
Success will require tactical discipline, since they will not see as much of the ball as they typically do, however also some guts on the attack.
The defenders need to be focused and organized. The video game will be won at the margins, and there is no space for mistakes.
If Barca plays with 4 midfielders theyll need to produce turnovers and show speed of mind to counter attack, with Arturo Vidal most likely to push ahead in support of the forwards.
In front of goal they need to put and take shots away chances. Statistically they have not created sufficient chances just recently, with Napoli being the exception. Against Bayern theyll need to be ready to take complete advantage of the moments theyre provided.
One interesting fight with be Marc-Andre ter Stegen vs Manuel Neuer. This would be a great showcase to identify who is the finest goalkeeper in Germany. Ter Stegen might be the distinction maker for Barca.
No matter the outcome we remain in for a treat. May the very best team win.