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Barca Hopes For Revenge Against Bayern

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 3:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A mouth-watering tie at Camp Nou today sees Pep Guardiola return to face his former side for the first time as the Spanish and German giants go head-to-head in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Guardiola won 14 titles, including two Champions Leagues, during four golden years in charge at the Nou Camp, where he also enjoyed a glittering playing career.

Barca vs Bayern Munichs

Barca vs Bayern Munichs

He is now hoping to guide Bayern to similar success and finds Barca, now managed by his former team-mate, Enrique, standing in the way of a Champions League final appearance.

Barca is a particularly imposing force in front of its own supporters at the Camp Nou, where the team has lost just once in its last 32 UEFA competition matches, winning on 25 occasions. But who inflicted that defeat? Ironically, it was Bayern back in 2013.

Barcelona has its sights on treble success this season and go into the game in superb form.

The team has won six in succession in all competitions and not conceded for five games. Its last two results has seen it thrash Getafe 6-0 and Cordoba 8-0.

Bayern has also enjoyed a fine season and the Bundesliga title is already secured, but its form has just tailed off. Borussia Dortmund ended its treble hopes in the DFB-Pokal last week and the team also head to Spain after a defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.

In addition to that the team has a number of injury issues, but the meeting is nevertheless a mouthwatering one.

Robert Lewandowski’s presence will give Guardiola’s men a lift with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Sebastian Rode missing through injury.

Boateng faces a tough task as he comes up against Barca’s formidable attacking trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar but the World Cup-winner is not fazed.

“It’s not just their strikers – Barcelona has world-class players throughout in its team.We know that it’s going to be difficult at the Nou Camp, but we are Bayern Munich.We are heading there to get a result. We desperately want to make the final.”

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is confident sentiment will be left to one side once the game starts and a place in the final in Berlin on June 6 is at stake.

“It is normal that there is a homage for what he meant as a coach because he won everything here and gave a lot to the club. Once the game starts that will be left to one side and the fans will support the team to try and win as normal.”

“We need to prepare for the game knowing what it means playing in a semi-final of the Champions League and against a great team.

“That semi-final hurt us a lot, but a lot of time has passed since. We come into the game differently, as do they, and it will be a different tie to that one.”