Barcelona will look to make it three Nike teams in the last four of the Champions League when they take on German champions Bayern Munich in Lisbon. PSG’s win over Atalanta and Leipzig’s triumph over Atleti means two of the four teams in the semis are already Nike ones. If Barca can get the better of Bayern and Man City (Puma) see off Lyon, we could have a case of no Adidas outfitted teams in the top four of Europe’s premier club competition.
Bayern are expected to don their new Adidas change kit for this game, presumably to avoid a kit clash with the Blaugrana’s home uniform colours (FCB are the designated home side, even though this game is being played on neutral ground in Lisbon). The Bavarians wore their darker European kit against Olympiakos and Leipzig, but will be donning next season’s 20/21 uniform here.
Bayern will be hoping to avoid the fate that befell them when they last wore their change kit against Barca- they ended up losing 3-0 in 2015, and it’s not a game that Jerome Boateng would remember too fondly- he was embarrassed by Lionel Messi in this clash.
However things have changed in these five years, and a gander at many of the top sportsbooks reveals that Bayern are firm favourites for this clash- the Bavarians haven’t lost a competitive game at all this year, and are on a 18 game winning streak across all competitions since drawing 0-0 with Leipzig in February.
Barca, on the other hand, ceded the title rather tamely to arch rivals Real Madrid, and required some Lionel Messi magic to bail them out in their Round of 16 clash against Napoli, a fixture the Partenopei dominated in terms of chances created, but lost on the scoreboard.
Bayern drubbed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in their Ro16 tie, no small feat given the exciting way Frank Lampard has got his charges playing this season.
Bayern- last five games across all competitions
Bayern 4-1 Chelsea
Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern
Wolfsburg 0-4 Bayern
Bayern 3-1 Freiburg
Werder 0-1 Bayern
That’s roughly a little over three goals per game being scored, and with Robert Lewandowski being in the form of this life, Barca’s defence have reason to be worried ahead of this blockbuster clash.
For all their attacking prowess, the Catalan giants only had the fifth best defence in La Liga in 2019/20- Real, Atleti, Sevilla and Getafe all conceded fewer goals than Setien’s men in the regular season.
Barca are also the last Spanish team left in the Champions League after the exits of Real and Atleti. If Bayern win in QF tie, it would mean no Spanish team in the last four of the competition- something we haven’t seen since the 06/07 edition of the tournament. Bayern are looking for a treble after having already won the Bundesliga and the Pokal this season.