This is it. Bayern Munich have ninety minutes to save their Champions League lives. After last week's big loss away to FC Porto, the Bavarians need to overcome a 1-3 deficit if they have any hope of advancing to the semifinals.
Once again, it looks like the lineup will mostly pick itself, leaving Pep Guardiola little to do on the team selection front. The biggest thing for the manager in this match will be selecting the correct tactics from kickoff in order to take advantage of Porto's lack of starting fullbacks, while not leaving FCB too exposed at the back.
What exactly can we expect from this game? FC Bayern will come out guns blazing with the greatest home crowd in the world behind them. The focus will be to grab at least one goal before halftime and push on for a second, third, and fourth after that.
Before this match starts, there's something that needs to be said. You, Pep Guardiola-haters, need to understand that his job is not on the line in this match. Please do not bombard the comments with "FIRE PEP!" statements. Thanks.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 2:45 PM EDT, 8:45 PM CET (local)
Television: Fox Sports 2 (USA), Fox Soccer Plus (USA), Fox 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
Mario Götze – Robert Lewandowski – Thomas Müller
Thiago Alcantara – Xabi Alonso – Philipp Lahm
Juan Bernat – Holger Badstuber – Jérôme Boateng – Rafina
Bench: Pepe Reina, Dante, Sebastian Rode, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gianluca Gaudino, Mitchell Weiser, Claudio Pizarro
Yacine Brahimi – Jackson Martínez – Ricardo Quaresma
Oliver Torres – Casemiro – Hector Herrera
Bruno Martins Indi – Ivan Marcano – Maicon – Diego Reyes
Bench: Helton, Rúben Neves, Evandro, Juan Quintaro, Ricardo Pereira, Hernâni, Vincent Aboubakar
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