Wednesday is do or die time for Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich. In his final season as Bayern manager, the expectation for Guardiola is to win the UEFA Champions League. Heading into a home second leg with the tie even at two goals apiece, the Bavarians can't rest on their laurels and will need to be focused for 90 minutes to beat the Italian champions.
For Guardiola, the plan remains the same: possess the ball, control the game, score goals. With a healthier squad, at least on the offensive side of things, Pep has the opportunity to position his "toys" the way he sees fit. Defensively, it's likely that Bayern will run with a back four of Alaba, Benatia, Kimmich, and Lahm. Otherwise, the only guarantees are that Lewandowski and Müller will start.
Juventus will be without Marchisio and Dybala, as the club announced that the two players wouldn't take part in the big contest in Munich. How will the Italians cope without the two players? Since Juve has a big squad, the players are available to fulfill those roles. Hernanes is likely to remain in the midfield, while former Bayern forward Mandzukic may find himself up top, if healthy.
Bayern need to advance to the quarterfinals for the sanity of a large portion of the club's fan base. Bowing out of the competition here could be devastating to the psyche of the squad as they gear up for the Bundesliga final run-in.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
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