UEFA Champions League Semifinal LIVE: Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich
Barcelona and Bayern meet in a titillating (thank you Colonel Darius) matchup in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals today. Both teams are fine domestically. Bayern has wrapped up the Bundesliga title already, and Barcelona shot to an strong lead in La Liga earlier this season thanks to Real Madrid starting with a slump. This is the only meaningful competition left for both teams.
Bayern may have the advantage here. Their domestic form is nearly immaculate. Bayern has only lost one game this season domestically, boast a goal differential of +75, and are poised to also win the domestic cup competition. Bayern showed with ease how they can outplay the Italian champions Juventus last round. Barcelona, on the other hand, showed in the last game their over reliance on Messi who is still plagued by some nagging injuries.
Bayern are looking for their third final in four years, and with the form of this season, hoisting the trophy that slipped through their fingers last season. Oh yeah, there's a guy by the name of Pep Guardiola who will be coaching Bayern next season. Remember him? He's the one that led Barcelona to their two Champions League titles.