Barcelona try to work a miracle against Bayern to avoid exiting the Champions League

Berlin: Spain’s Barcelona side look to achieve a miracle when they take on German side Bayern Munich in the final group stage of the European Champions League on Wednesday. Barcelona want to avoid leaving the group stage for the first time in more than two decades. And most likely, Barcelona need to beat Bayern, the group leaders, because Benfica, who are in third place, two points behind Barcelona, ​​are the most important candidate to beat Dynamo Kyiv in their last game in Group E. But Bayern beat Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou last September and beat them 8/2 on their way to winning the title in 2020. Barcelona and Benfica vie for a spot among the five remaining places in the round of 16 tournament in the last round which takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The biggest excitement is in Group G, as the possibilities of qualifying for the next round are available for the four teams, as Lille, the French leaders, face the German team of Wolfsburg, while the Salzburg, the Austrian, the runner-up, plays against Sevilla, the Spaniard. And if Lille and Salzburg avoid losing, they will move on to the next round. There is a lot to play in Group B after Liverpool have won their last five games, but Milan and Atletico Madrid are within a point of Porto, second placed. AC Milan face Liverpool, and can qualify for the next round in case of victory, after losing the prime three matches of the tournament, provided that Porto draws with Atletico. Xavi Hernandez was a 20-year-old Barcelona player the last time Barcelona failed to make it through the group stage in the 2000/2001 season, and then Bayern won their fourth of the team’s five titles. And now Xavi is Barcelona manager, facing a huge task in Munich against the German champions, who have so far achieved full points like Liverpool and Ajax. Debt-laden Barcelona are moving away from their glory days, entering Bayern’s game, after losing a clean goal to Real Betis in the Spanish league, which led to their decline to seventh place in standings, 16 points behind the bosses. Betis’ was Xavi’s first defeat since he took over at Barcelona, ​​and later he confirmed: “We will have to compete like animals” in Monaco to have a chance to qualify for the round of 16. At least Barcelona will not face Bayern fans because the match will take place without the presence of the public due to the tightening of the rules of the Corona virus in the state of Bavaria. But Bayern will want to show their dominance again a few days after beating Borussia Dortmund 3/2 at the top of Bundesliga matches, which, according to Leon Goretzka, was “tied to bragging rights. in Germany, and of course you want to have THAT. ”Bayern have the same ambition in Europe and has already confirmed its leadership in its group, such as Ajax, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting Lisbon made sure the group stage finished in second place, while teams from Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid were confirmed to qualify for the round of 16, but their positions in their groups have not yet been decided. (Dpa)

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