The first leg of the second Champions League semi-final sees the most anticipated match of the year between Barcelona and Bayern. The history of their clashes in Europe speaks in favour of the Bundesliga Champions who have also been in tremendous goal-scoring form.
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This season, both teams have played 10 matches with Bayern scoring and conceding more goals than the Catalan club. Interestingly enough, both sides have equally completed 91 percent of their pass attempts, while enjoying greater possession than their opponents. The Germans have committed 130 fouls this season or 13 per match, substantially more than the Spanish club whose players have been fouled 126 times.
Bayern, who have clinched their third straight Bundesliga title last month, are struggling with injuries. Arjen Robben will miss the rest of the season with calf muscle injury. Robert Lewandowski is also in doubt after breaking his nose and cheekbone in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The Polish international, who has scored 9 goals in his last 11 appearances will wear a protective mask in case he steps on the field.
Barcelona, the current La liga leader with only two points ahead of Real will will be without centre-back Jérémy Mathieu due to an Achilles injury.
Lionel Messi is expected to shine again after netting eight goals and four assists in 10 Champions League appearances this season.
With both teams demolishing their quarter-final opponents, we can expect an epic heavyweight clash.