The clash in Portugal between FC Porto and Bayern Munich is the most important match of the season thus far for FC Bayern. Yes, it's the only the first leg of a home-and-home series with the Portuguese giants, but the injury-hit Bavarians are still targeting a positive result in the match.
What is a coach to do when he's without one of the three best pure attacking players in world football in Arjen Robben, the magical Franck Ribery, the indomitable Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the future Ballon d'Or winner David Alaba?
He tinkers with his formation, carefully choose the players that he wants on the field, and explains to them how he wants them to play.
While he knows that his job is not on the line in any way, shape or form with any one loss at FC Bayern, Guardiola must improve upon last season's finish even with the current "injury crisis" that the club is currently facing. Pep is expected to face down all of his challengers and bring back the big three trophies to Munich at the end of this campaign.
The true war starts in Porto.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Location: Estadio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Time: 2:45 PM EDT, 7:45 PM WEST (local)
Television: Fox Sports 2 (USA), Fox Soccer Plus (USA), ESPN Deportes (USA), Sportsnet World (Canada), Sky Sports 5 (UK), Sky Sport 1 (Germany)
Streaming: Fox Soccer 2 Go (USA), Fox Sports Go (USA), WatchESPN (USA), Sportsnet World Now (Canada), Sky Go (UK), Sky Go Deutschland (Germany)
Full Listings: Other Countries
Yacine Brahimi - Jackson Martinez - Ricardo Quaresma
Oliver Torres - Casemiro -Hector Herrera
Alex Sandro - Bruno Martins Indi - Maicon - Danilo
Bench: Helton, Diego Reyes, Ruben Neves, Evandro, Juan Quintero, Hernani, Vincent Aboubakar
Mario Götze - Robert Lewandowski - Thomas Müller
Thiago Alcantara - Philipp Lahm
Juan Bernat - Dante - Jerome Boateng - Rafinha
Bench: Pepe Reina, Ivan Lucic, Claudio Pizarro, Gianluca Gaudino, Sebastian Rode, Holger Badstuber, Mitchell Weiser
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