Bayern Munich showed the entire world just how good they are when they thrashed Barcelona 4-0. But it should be remembered that there will be a return leg at the Camp Nou.
While everything looks set in stone, anything can happen in football. In this article I will make five bold predictions for the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Remember that these are bold predictions and not solid facts of what will take place. Continue reading to find out some crazy things that could take place the next time these heavyweights face off.
Lionel Messi has been Barcelona’s savior too many times to count. He has already played the deciding role in Barcelona’s last two Champions League games at the Camp Nou, but that won’t happen this time.
The Argentine star is still battling a hamstring issue and did not look like himself in the first leg.
Bayern Munich took Messi totally out of the game, and they deserve all the praise in the world for their defensive display. Every Cule expects Messi to score at home to give hope, but he won’t—not against this Bayern Munich side.
In the first leg in Germany, Manuel Neuer had very little to do. The Bayern Munich defense kept Barcelona at bay, and their keeper spent the majority of the night being bored.
But that won’t happen at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona will be looking to save their pride in front of their own fans, and the attack will be much better. Neuer will have to make some big saves, which he is more than capable of doing.
Despite what Bayern showed at home, their defense will not be as efficient in Spain. Neuer will again show why he is one of the best keepers in the world.
With Jordi Alba picking up a very unnecessary yellow card in Germany, he will be forced to miss the match at the Camp Nou. And that means Eric Abidal will be called upon to start in the place of the player who has replaced him.
Many will be expecting Adriano to return to the starting lineup. The Brazilian has been in amazing form this season and is healthy. But with Barcelona needing to shore up the back line, Abidal is the best choice.
It is not yet known if the French defender is ready for a game of this magnitude. But no matter where Abidal is in his recovery, he will start at the Camp Nou.
Whether or not Messi shows his best form in the return leg, the Camp Nou crowd will spur Barcelona to much better form. The Catalans always step up at home, and that will absolutely continue against Bayern Munich.
Tito Vilanova will have a selection headache on his hands of who to start in attack. But no matter who he selects, they will perform.
Bayern absolutely stifled the Blaugrana attack in the first leg, but that will not be the case in the second meeting. The Germans can’t possibly keep Barcelona scoreless again, can they?
Expect La Blaugrana to show up big time at the Camp Nou for the third time in this season's Champions League.
Despite Barcelona stepping up at the Camp Nou, it will not be enough. No one has ever overturned a 4-0 deficit, and Barcelona will not be making history.
Bayern Munich is just too strong and has too big of a lead for La Blaugrana to pull off the upset.
The Germans won’t win 4-0 again, but they will pull off a victory in Spain. I predict a 2-1 victory in favor of Bayern Munich with Thomas Muller scoring at least one goal of course.
No matter what happens, there are too many storylines to keep up with entering the second leg. But for now, Bayern Munich take a bow because you have now become the greatest beast in Europe.
What are your predictions for the meeting at the Camp Nou? Is the Barcelona era over or is Bayern Munich just this strong? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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