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Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs Barcelona (Champions League)

Samrin and INNN preview Bayern’s final Champions League group stage versus Barcelona!

FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol - La Liga Santander Photo by Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The final matchday of the Champions League group stage is here, but Bayern Munich have nothing but pride to play for. That’s a good motivator for sure, but not compared to the stakes at play for FC Barcelona. The Catalans NEED a win because it would likely guarantee them qualification to the Round of 16 — an almost existential necessity given their financial issues. Of course, they could also bank on Benfica losing to Dynamo Kyiv, but their new coach seems like a more courageous type. Should be an interesting contest.

Here are our talking points ahead of the game:

  • The major problems at Barcelona, starting with their basic setup.
  • How things have changed since Xavi took over from Ronald Koeman.
  • What is it that Barcelona need at the moment? The answer will shock you!
  • Should Bayern Munich rest players against Barca?
  • Why Bayern’s performances in the Champions League are more important than ever.
  • Is it finally time for Niklas Sule to start a game again? Should he be in for Upamecano or Benjamin Pavard?
  • Jamal Musiala — who should he bench in the lineup and why is it Leroy Sane?
  • How Barca’s new playstyle under Xavi could actually help Bayern break them down.
  • Who is actually Barca’s most dangerous player right now? Hint: There’s actually a correct answer this time!
  • Closing thoughts on the irony of Bayern triggering an identity crisis at Barca.

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