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Bayern Munich host Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday as the Bunedesliga Champions look to overturn a 3-0 deficit they conceded in the reverse fixture.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on ITV and ITV HD.


Bayern are in a sordid state coming into the game, having lost back to back league fixtures since being crowned the league champions in April. A myriad of injuries to key players have not helped their cause, who were ravaged by an inspired Lionel Messi, who scored a double in quick succession to hand Pep Guardiola a massive setback. Neymar scored the third in extra time to pose a massive task for the Bavarians, if they have to progress into the finals for the first time under Guardiola.

In spite of winning the Bundesliga twice, Guardiola has been criticised for his failure to perform in Europe, something which is the yardstick for assessing the team's progress following Jupp Heynckes' departure. The Spaniard has failed on both counts, having been handed an ignominious defeat last year and is looking at a similar result yet again.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have one foot firmly set in the finals, where they will await either Real Madrid or Juventus, who face off tomorrow to determine the winner. Messi has been in imperious form thus far and was absolutely untouchable in the reverse fixture and a similar performance this time around will be the final nail in the coffin for the Bavarians.

What managers say

Pep Guardiola: "We are down three goals against one of the best teams in Europe in the last 15 years, but we have to try. We have to attack more than we did in Barcelona. We have to control the game. We have to defend well too. With the strikers they have, every turnover becomes a counterattack. I think the players have shown they want to be in the final. It's a big challenge and we'll try our best. I'm the coach, I'm a realist, and I'll never say we don't have a chance. We have to play with our hearts and our heads."

Luis Enrique: "We know how big Bayern Munich are and we will have to be at our best to progress. It won't be an easy game and we will have to suffer. If we take the lead it would be good for us, but Bayern has the quality to score and they caused us problems in Barcelona. They will be at home and will have the crowd behind them, but we are on a good run and hope to take our chances. We don't want the game to turn into a crazy one and we have to use our weapons to hurt our rivals."

Team news

Bayern Munich

Possible XI: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia, Lahm; Schweinsteiger, Alonso, Thiago; Muller, Lewandowski, Gotze.


Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Neymar, Suarez, Messi.