[ad#m1] Allianz Arena | 23 Apr 13
Two of the favorites to win this edition of UEFA Champions League are raring to have a go at each other. Both the sides have enjoyed monumental success in the their domestic league this season. And it will be a little sad to see one of the teams go away at this stage. As both Jupp Heynckes and Tito Vilanova’s side has played well enough to demand a spot in the final at Wembley. But only one will.
The last time these two sides met was in the 2008/09 Champions League, it was the quarter finals and Barcelona came through winning the second leg 4-0 at Camp Nou. The first leg at Allianz Arena was a 1-1 draw.
Interestingly, both Bayern and Barca are seeking their 5th Champions League title.
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Probable Starting Line Up
Bayern Munich – Neuer; Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Mario Gomez
Barcelona – Valdes; Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa
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With Claudio Pizarro and Mario Gomez in golden form, we doubt that Bayern Munich will miss the services of Mario Mandzukic, who cannot take part in this fixture due to suspension. Toni Kroos will be another absentee due to his injury.
Youngster Marc Bartra will face his toughest challenge to deny this lethal Munchen attack as Adriano is suspended and regualr centre backs Puyol and Mascherano are injured.
Lionel Messi, who missed couple of matches due to hamstring should start.
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