Barcelona in the previous La Liga season failed, finishing in 3rd place, securing at least its participation in the Champions League group stage. They are trying to recover from the departure of Lionel Messi, while they started the championship with a draw and two victories. The Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten has decided to end its cooperation with Barcelona as the main sponsor on the club’s jersey, thus further increasing the worries of club president Joan Laporte. Also, Turkish manufacturer Beko will also be changed. Kuman’s team had the opportunity to prepare for more days in view of the first leg match against Bayern Munich, as the game with Sevilla was postponed. Their squad problems for this match are really big, because they loaned Griezmann to Atletico Madrid, sold Emerson to Tottenham, and Pjanic to Besiktas. Additional problems are the injuries of Agüero, Ansu Fati, Dembélé, Braithwaite, Wague and Roberto.
Bayern Munich won the 9th consecutive title in the Bundesliga and is for the 25th time they are in the Champions League group stage (only Barcelona and Real Madrid have more times). They started this year with only one draw at the beginning and then 5 victories in a row in all competitions. They totally outplayed Leipzig in the last round with a big 1:4 win. Lewandowski (came out in 59 minute) and Gnabry (came out at halftime) suffered injuries in the match against Leipzig, but there is no concern about their participation. Obviously, Barcelona is not the same team as we knew it, and against Bayern Munich will have an extremely hard task to grab some points.