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