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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Live Details, UEFA Champions League: Team News, Match Preview

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When FC Barcelona hosts Bayern Munich on the first day of the UEFA Champions League in 2021/22, they will be looking for payback.

FC Barcelona will host Bayern Munich at Camp Nou on Tuesday to begin their UEFA Champions League campaign in 2021-22. It will be a rematch of the 2019/20 Champions League quarter-final, with the Catalan camp still reeling from an 8-2 loss that resulted in a new president, coach, squad revamp, and Lionel Messi's departure.

Barcelona, though, is still not in better form than they were when these two last played after a year and a half of rebuilding. On a more positive note, the hosts have fared well in Laliga, winning seven points in three games. They'll try to capitalize on that momentum by snatching at least a point in this key match-up.

Bayern Munich, their midweek opponent, is coming off a five-game winning streak that includes a DFB Supercup victory over Borussia Dortmund, a 12-0 win over SV Bremer, and most recently, a 4-1 thrashing of Champions League club and last season's Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig.

Ronald Koeman will be hoping to get a point against the Bavarians in the best-case scenario. Given the disparity in skill, mindset, and form between the two teams, the Dutchman will realistically prioritize avoiding another humiliation, this time in front of their own fans at Camp Nou.

Over Bayern Munich's Julian Nagelsmann, Koeman has the edge of experience. However, during the 2019/20 season, the 34-year-old led RB Leipzig to the Champions League final and is a tactical genius who has improved the club's technical game.

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Live Details, UEFA Champions League: Team News, Match Preview

It essentially means that Barcelona will enter the game as underdogs in front of their home crowd, and we'll run the rule over these two sides here at The Hard Tackle ahead of their blockbuster clash at Camp Nou this midweek.

Barcelona's Team News

Barcelona is without Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, and Ousmane Dembele, all of whom are capable of scoring goals. Due to injury, all three have been ruled out, further complicating matters for a Barca attack that has already been chastised for being too predictable.

Memphis Depay has been the lone bright spot in an offensive team that is otherwise hopeless and lifeless. But, with Martin Braithwaite out with a major injury, the Dutchman will be forced to play with Philippe Coutinho, who has been plagued by injuries, and Luuk de Jong, the much-maligned new signing. Although Yusuf Demir is an intriguing alternative, Koeman has shown a reluctance to trust makeshift wingers like him.

In midfield, Koeman has his preferred trio of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri available. Busquets is expected to play between the center-backs during defensive phases, with Pedri and de Jong tasked with bringing creativity in the final third.

Barcelona's preoccupation with playing from the center, on the other hand, may jeopardize their prospects of breaking through Bayern Munich's defense. As a result, Koeman's use of his two fullbacks will be interesting to watch.

Bayern Munich's Team News

Bayern Munich won't have many injury concerns heading into this match, but their star player Serge Gnabry did sustain an injury against Leipzig. He is still a concern for Tuesday, perhaps joining Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso on the club's injury list.

Fortunately for Nagelsmann, he has Jamal Musiala as a suitable replacement. Gnabry is anticipated to be replaced at right-wing by the former Chelsea prodigy, who has lit up the Bundesliga with his exploits in the final third. Along with Thomas Muller and the now-in-form Leroy Sane, he will form Bayern's creative trio.

Robert Lewandowski, on the other hand, should be at the forefront of the Bavarian assault. The Polish international, who had already scored eight goals in five competitive outings, was brought off early in the Leipzig encounter. He'll be eager to get his Champions League campaign off to a good start this week.

Leon Goretzka, like Lewandowski, was replaced early by Nagelsmann in order to keep him fresh for the Barcelona match. At the basis of Bayern's 4-2-3-1, the former Schalke midfielder is poised to reestablish his connection with Joshua Kimmich.

Prediction

Bayern Munich 3-1 Barcelona
Given the outcome, skill, and mentality of the two teams, it's difficult to predict anything but a Bayern Munich victory on Tuesday. To put it another way, Barcelona is just not strong enough to compete with the Bavarian titans, and they have already exposed too many flaws that the opposition will undoubtedly exploit.

The hosts are expected to blunder while defending the likes of Sane, Muller, Lewandowski, and Musiala, especially on defense. They'll also have to watch out for Goretzka and Kimmich, which is a little too much for a team that will rely on Luuk de Jong to score goals.

Barcelona, on the other hand, is expected to score at least once, as Bayern may be vulnerable at times. At the same time, we expect Nagelsmann's team to win comfortably 3-1 this midweek.
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