The previous match of both teams in this year’s Champions League competition ended with Bayern Munich winning 3-0 at Camp Nou. Two goals in this match were scored by Robert Lewandowski, the best forward in 2021, according to “France Football”. Xavi Hernandez, the coach of FC Barcelona makes no secret that stopping the Pole will be one of the main goals in this match.
– If it’s not the best, it’s one of the best. It has made a difference for many years. He is a leading player in his position, especially recently. Not only does he score goals, but also for counterattacks, his play in front of the goal, he is very fast, he can lead the ball. It does many other things well. We will have to do important work in defense to get him out of the penalty area as much as possible, ‘said Xavi Hernandez.
FC Barcelona has fewer goals than Robert Lewandowski himself. “The less he has the ball, the better”
Bayern Munich is an unbeaten club in the group stage of the Champions League so far. In five matches he scored 15 points and on Wednesday he has a chance to go down in history as one of the teams with all victories at this stage of the competition. By comparison, FC Barcelona has a record of two wins, one draw and two losses.
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Bayern are one of the worst teams we have to face. They are one of the best teams in the world and we play at their stadium. It will be extremely difficult. If we win, we will move on, so it means that this match is like the final. History shows that we never won in Munich, but records are there to be broken, Xavi said at a press conference.
The statistics, however, do not speak in favor of the Spaniard’s team. Although Xavi has not led FC Barcelona since the beginning of the season, Robert Lewandowski himself scored 27 goals in all competitions this season, when Barcelona scored 25. The Bayern Munich forward is the runner-up in the Champions League scorer with nine goals, and Barcelona have them on only two.
– We have to make sure that he will play away from our penalty area. It depends on each of us. Robert is a very, very good footballer. The less he has the ball, the better for us. Then we will have more opportunities to create the situation, which will bring us closer to victory. The less Lewandowski will be involved in the game, the better – added Gerard Pique, defender of FC Barcelona.
Bayern Munich will face FC Barcelona on Wednesday 8 December at 21:00. Live coverage will be available on the Sport.pl portal and in the Sport.pl LIVE application.