Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(18) 14 Goals 20 (30)
(14) 12 Assists 18 (23)
(6.8) 6.8 Average Ratings 7.2 (7.1)
28.5 Average Age 27.3
175.3 Average Height (cm) 183.5
(1.1) 1.5 Shots pg 1.4 (1.2)
(42%) 41% Aerial Duel Success 62% (62%)
(1) 1.1 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.8)
(1.3) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League Final Stages.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Javier Mascherano Out 6.91
Eric Abidal Out N/A
Sergio Busquets Out 6.91
Carles Puyol Out 6.69
Jordi Alba Out 7.08
Player Reason Status Rating
Toni Kroos Out 7.31
Holger Badstuber Out 6.89

Team News

  • Jordi Alba is suspended having picked up his third yellow card of the tournament in the reverse fixture, and he is likely to be replaced by Adriano, who returns from a ban.
  • Tito Vilanova would have liked to keep Messi fresh ahead of Wednesday's game but was forced to introduce the Argentine with the side trailing to Bilbao at the weekend. It took Messi just 8 minutes to score from the bench but Barca could only draw the game.
  • Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro compete for two places in the starting XI, with the former's inclusion potentially pushing Iniesta forward into the front three, though Busquets is sidelined with a pelvic injury.
  • Mario Mandzukic is back available following a suspension and he will compete for the lone striker position with Mario Gomez, who scored in the reverse fixture last week.
  • Heynckes rested almost his entire first team XI at the weekend, with even keeper Manuel Neuer dropped to the bench, so wholesale changes will be made in midweek.
  • As many as six Bayern players are one booking away from missing the final at Wembley, with some key players amongst them (Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Dante, Gomez and Gustavo).

Prediction

  • Barcelona need to score at least 4 goals against a side that have conceded just twice in their last four Champions League away games and only 3 times on the road all season in the Bundesliga.
  • No side have ever overturned a 4-0 deficit in the knockout stages of the Champions League and Barcelona struggled to carve out chances in the first leg.
  • The home side should be a different animal from the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena but even Messi and co. are unlikely to have enough firepower to pull off a miracle on Wednesday night.
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Latest Comments

 
  • @lenu bayern munich dont need keypasses from 6er to kick barcas axx :Þ xavi would do better in concentration in defence and not in keypasses and maybe next year he can play in the cl final ;)

  • bastian schweinsteiger did zero key passes !!!.What about the back heal pass to lahm from barca penalty box only Pique's wonderful tackle denied lahm to score. Same goes to 13th minute Chip pass which clear Robben but again denied by pique's brilliant tackele !!. I believe both are very good scoring opportunities which credited schweini !!

  • gooner_king I disagree on most aspects. The problem lies with the manager. Guardiola managed to create the best team in recent history with those same players. Tito couldn't. One thing I agree with is that they need a center back, if not two.

  • aka DKyiv

  • Anatomy of Barca humiliation: 1. Centre back: yes... Barca needs at least one very top class centre back with strong physical presence... (Puyol can never be the old Puyol, Mascherano is not the class that I mean, Marc Barta needs time...) 2. Tello is better than any other forwards in Barca, except Messi... Pedro is ok... but he lacks physical strength. And, ofcourse, by now Villa should know that his exit door is open... 3. Barca needs a BIG Monster midfielder, like Yaya Toure. Xavi is aging... Cesc is slow... Iniesta, Thiago and Busquets are ok... but overall they lack the steel, the strong physical presence that show their ability to kick the opponent's ass.

  • From one they can enjoy: pretty goal Pique!

  • Juve 0:4 Arsenal 3:3 FC Messi 0:7

  • smart move messi. didn't wanna get humiliated

  • The "best" Team in the World: Barcelona. 0:7 aggregated at a CL-semifinal. :)

  • 7:0. Humiliation.

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