[ad#m1] The whole world waits for one of the most magnificent matches which should hopefully be in the memories of people’s lives for a long time. Bayern Munich plays hosts to the Old lady in their most wonderful Allianz Arena.
Both these teams are no doubt in their prime and pristine form as they are the leading clubs in their domestic leagues, Bayern are ahead by 20 points whereas Juventus have a nine point lead over second placed Napoli in Serie A.
The recent 9-2 win for Bayern Munich over Hamburg might have opened a few eyes especially the ones in the Juventus dressing room.
One of the main clashes to notice in this match will be the classic battle in the midfield, for both teams posses a plethora of exceptional midfielders. The battle between Bayern Munich play maker Bastian Schweinsteiger and one of the true living legends of football, Andrea Pirlo should dominate this match.
The results of their previous head to head matches include a 1-4 win for Bayern Munich in December 2009 and a 0-0 in October 2009 in the Champions League itself.
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Surprisngly ex Bayern Munich player Stefan Effenberg favours Juventus to be the better side because Jupp Heynckes’ side lack a player who can lead them from the front when things are not really going in their favour.
The match will witness a strong Italian defence to a powerful German attack, it is indeed a fight between the topmost.
Bayern defender Holger Badstuber will miss this fixture as he is taking rest due to sustaining a serious injury in December and the home side will also play without the important Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Martinez after obtaining a one match ban.
Whereas for Pirlo and Co, MirkoVucinic, who has developed the symptoms of a fever since returning from international duty with Montenegro will most liekly miss the first leg and the versatile defender Giorgio Chiellini, who missed Italy’s international weekend after the return of a persistent ankle injury, has now regained fitness and is likely to play.
Prabable Starting Line ups
Bayern Munich – Neuer; Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Mandzukic.
Juventus – Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, Vucinic, Giovinco
Bayern still remember the loss in the final at their own Allianz Arena to Chelsea last season, and now, while leading their league bullishly, they seem to have the potential and will want to win the final at Wembley.
Both Dante and Lahm would not any booking in this match and if they do so, they both would miss the second leg on April 10.
The obvious thing to watch out for is the exuberance of Ribery, Kroos ,Schweinsteiger and Muller’s extraordinary midfield attack against Antonio Conte’s wicked tactics to negate them and then counter attack.