Nevertheless, arguably, there was no larger participant in world soccer this season than Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski.
The 31-year-old striker has scored 13 targets in merely seven matches on this season’s rivals, recording in all probability essentially the most spectacular targets to minute ratio throughout the match’s illustrious historic previous (a objective every 47 minutes).
The Poland worldwide can be merely four targets behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s report of 17 targets in a single Champions League advertising and marketing marketing campaign and, given his variety, is extra more likely to come shut if Bayern can progress deeper into the draw — and in addition you wouldn’t put that earlier this current crew.
The Bundesliga membership has gained 18 successive matches all through all competitions, bulldozing earlier Chelsea 7-1 on mixture throughout the last 16, and has its eyes set on a treble this season — having already claimed the league and residential cup.
“Naturally Barcelona have ample top quality to provide the proper of themselves in a single sport, nonetheless I consider Bayern should make many errors and do many points flawed to lose in opposition to this Barcelona,” former Bayern participant Lothar Matthäus knowledgeable Sky Sport Germany.
However, standing in its method is five-time European champion Barcelona.
The Catalan membership accomplished second in La Liga, behind fierce rival Precise Madrid, and has endured a difficult yr every on and off the pitch.
Its variety that has already known as the way in which ahead for supervisor Quique Setien into question nonetheless his aspect does have one factor no totally different membership has — Messi.
The Argentine has uncharacteristically been involved in public disputes with the membership’s hierarchy this season nonetheless has often carried the crew on the pitch.
The 33-year-old has scored 31 targets in all competitions thus far — albeit down on his regular haul — and appeared unplayable at events in opposition to Napoli.
Messi might even be hoping to go stage with rival Ronaldo on 5 career Champions League titles.
“It’ll doubtless be highly effective for us because of they’ve had a beautiful season and dominated their tie,” Setien knowledgeable reporters ahead of the match.
“It’ll doubtless be troublesome for us however moreover for them. They’re a beautiful crew, nonetheless so are we.”
Bayern might successfully be favorites heading into Friday’s tie nonetheless given the model new one-match format, altering the two-legged ties due to the coronavirus pandemic, one thing may happen when the two sides meet in Lisbon.