With Lionel Messi scoring eight goals, Barcelona defeated Bayern Munich 8-2 in the Champions League quarterfinals a year ago.
Last season, Bayern defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the group stage. The Spanish juggernauts had their poorest European campaign in their 17-year club career without Messi.
Thursday’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich is another challenging one. After sacrificing Messi to Barcelona, coach Javi Hernandez is attempting to prevent a second consecutive group stage loss.
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Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich, who played for Poland for eight years, said meeting Robert Lewandowski and the Barcelona team was “a very wonderful experience.” Another former group winner, Inter Milan, has won 14 Champions League or European championships. The top two teams from Group C, including Czech Republic Victoria Plzen, advance to the round of 16.
Real Madrid, which has won 14 championships, is defending its titles against teams like Leipzig, Shakhtar, and Celtic. Madrid defeated Shakhtar 5-0 in Kyiv in October, but owing to the Russian invasion, Shakhtar was unable to participate. Warsaw, Poland’s neighbor and “Shakhtar’s” “home game,” is played.
All Russian teams were barred from the competition by UEFA. In two years, Messi hopes to bring the double winners Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, who are in a group with Benfica and Maccabi Haifa, his first European championship. Following a successful off-season transfer, Erling Haaland, a star for Manchester City, will return to his previous team, Borussia Dortmund.
Seville and Copenhagen are included in this category as well. With victories over Dortmund and Haaland in the quarterfinals, Pep Guardiola’s team became title challengers for the very first time in 7 seasons. Final edition for 2020–21. In the Champions League, Liverpool and Regis are unlikely to go off against England and Scotland. Their team’s encounters with Ajax and Napoli provide a thorough atmosphere in each venue.