Barcelona are seeking revenge as they travel to Allianz Arena to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages. The Bavarians have whooped Barcelona head to toe in the previous few meetings, including two 3-0 wins last season home and away.
This time, though, Barça are not heading into the game as underdogs. They have one of the strongest teams in Europe, with Robert Lewandowski leading the pack. Xavi has come into his own as the manager, too, and the morale is evidently on the roof.
Ahead of the game, Xavi instilled this same belief into fans, speaking as part of his pre-game press conference.
On the match calendar: “We have analysed and planned everything about our match calendar, before and after the international break. After the international break, there will be no stops before the World Cup.”
“After the end of the World Cup, we have to go through a small preparatory period. We have already planned for the whole season.”
On Bayern Munich’s dominance vs Barcelona: “We are talking about Bayern Munich. This is football. It is true that we have only won two matches out of the last 13, and haven’t won any at Allianz Arena. We know how tough the challenge is, but I think we can do it. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
On Julian Nagelsmann: “Bayern have started the season well, both in the league and the UCL. Nagelsmann is a great coach. Tactically, he’s great, and tomorrow, it’s going to be a tough game. His teams press really well, and are brilliant in other aspects as well.”
On this being the ‘right time’ for Barça and Lewandowski: “Lewandowski is fine, he is calm and confident. He is a natural team leader, and this match is special for him. But, I think this is the right time to face Bayern.”
On tomorrow’s lineup: “Unless there are any surprises or injuries, I already know the starting XI.”
“I will choose the players who are the readiest, the most passionate, and the ones who are able to impose our style on the…
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Author : Udhav Arora
Publish date : 2022-09-12 17:06:54
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