Europa League Looms for Barcelona As Bayern Munich Set To Start Lewandowski, Muller Against Catalan Giants

Europa League Looms for Barcelona As Bayern Munich Set To Start Lewandowski, Muller Against Catalan Giants

  • Bayern Munich vs Barcelona could see the Spanish club head to the Europa League if they fail to defeat the Bavarians
  • Although the Bundesliga giants are already through to Champions League knockout stage, Julian Nagelsmann seems to be going for outright victory against Xavi’s men
  • Predicted line-up shows that the hosts will launch Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller in the attack against their visitors

Spanish club Barcelona will need the maximum points on Wednesday night when they take on Bayern Munich in a must-win Champions League encounter, Marca reports.

Anything short of victory could see the Catalan giants head to play in the Europa League, but they will need to fight from start to finish.

A predicted line up for Bayern Munich shows the hosts who are already through to the knockout phase of the competition will be looking to inflict more pains on the La Liga club.

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Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona expected to be explosive from start to finish. Photo: Tom Weller
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It was gathered that Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann may be tempted to deploy safe in the knowledge his side will finish first regardless.

Bayern secured a massive 3-2 win in Der Klassiker away at Borussia Dortmund over the weekend courtesy a Robert Lewandowski brace and a Kingsley Coman goal.

90min reports that as for Julian Nagelsmann's side, Joshua Kimmich, Michael Cuisance and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are all expected miss out due to COVID-19, and Lucas Hernandez is doubtful after suffering a knock against Dortmund.

Bayern Munich's predicted line-up

Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Tanguy Nianzou, Chris Richards; Marc Roca, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala; Robert Lewandowski.

How will Barcelona line up against Bayern Munich

Meanwhile, Spanish side Barcelona are away to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in a must-win Champions League showdown on Wednesday, December 8.

The Allianz Arena will be empty during the clash as Barcelona will need a win in their hope to reaching the knockout phase of the competition this season.

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New manager Xavi Hernandes will be in charge of his second-ever game in the European competition and will attempt win grab Barcelona’s first away win against the Germans.

Barcelona's predicted line-up

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Nico Gonzalez, Sergio Busquets Frenkie de Jong, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Memphis Depay, Ousmane Dembele.

Atletico Madrid qualify for Champions League knockout phase

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Atletico Madrid stormed into the last 16 of the Champions League thanks to a 3-1 win over Porto in an extraordinary match that saw three red cards.

Diego Simeone’s men knew nothing short of a win would do for his side, who were in the race for a last 16 spot along with AC Milan and Porto.

It was Antoine Griezmann who was the hero of the day as the Frenchman scored and had a hand in two other goals to give his side all three points against the Portuguese giants.

Source: Sports Brief News