It’s make or break for Barcelona in the Champions League this week with the Blaugrana potentially dropping out at the group stage for the second year running, and it’s not even in their own hands. Barcelona must rely on Viktoria Plzen at least taking a point from Inter Milan while also beating Bayern Munich to avoid the humiliation of a group stage exit.
The Blaugrana had the perfect start to the group stage thanks to a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen, the minnows of this pool, but that was where their campaign peaked. Facing Bayern in their next match, Barcelona lost 2-0 at the Allianz Arena and followed that up with a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan. Barcelona were so close to losing again to Inter Milan last time out, but Robert Lewandowski’s late goal secured a point and kept the hopes alive – or at least stayed the execution for another gameweek.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are one of the teams to have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League but will now be looking to secure top spot. The German side are five points clear of Inter Milan and a win here would do it, though a draw would also be enough if Inter drop points.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side are one of two teams still perfect in the Champions League group stage this season and opened the campaign with a 2-0 win over Inter Milan, before the aforementioned victory against Barcelona. Bayern then tightened their control of the group, and secured qualification, thanks to back-to-back wins over Viktoria Plzen, scoring nine goals and conceding twice.
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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match stats
Barcelona will be hoping Robert Lewandowski can haunt his former club this week, carrying over his form from La Liga. The Polish striker has had a dream start to life in Spain, scoring 12 goals in 11 league matches, as well as five in four Champions League games. Lewandowski has also scored 52 goals in 53 Champions League home matches in his career, with all five of his strikes for Barcelona coming at the Nou Camp.
With a team while Bayern Munich who like to control matches, you might expect them to have a lot of corners but it is in fact the opposition. Just five teams have had fewer corners than Bayern’s 12 this season, though they have also conceded just 13. By contrast, only Liverpool (38) have won more corners than Barcelona’s 37.
13 September 2022 – Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona – Champions League
8 December 2021 – Bayern Munich 3-0 Barcelona – Champions League
14 September 2021 – Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich – Champions League
13 August 2020 – Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich – Champions League
12 May 2015 – Bayern Munich 3-2 Barcelona – Champions League
Bayern Munich have won their past five matches against Barcelona, scoring 19 goals and conceding just four. This is part of an overall domination of this fixture, with Bayern winning 10 of the 14 meetings overall, losing just twice.
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