Barcelona are bracing themselves for arguably their toughest challenge under Xavi Hernandez, as they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday, in the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League.
Barça had started the UCL campaign in an emphatic fashion last week, securing a 5-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen. However, a match-up against the mighty Bayern at the Allianz Arena could be a whole different ballgame.
Speaking ahead of this clash, Bayern Munich’s sporting director offered his thoughts on the encounter as well as Robert Lewandowski, who had put an end to his eight-year spell in Bavaria to join Barcelona earlier in the summer.
“I’m looking forward to it. I hope we’ll have an attractive game. These are the kind of games you work for every day,” said Salihamidzic (h/t Diario SPORT).
Bayern Munich have a stellar head-to-head record against Barcelona in European competitions in recent years. The Bavarians are currently on a streak of four successive wins against the Catalans, with their most recent victory coming last season.
However, Barcelona have a trump card in their hands this week, in the form of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international had been the poster boy for Bayern for the past eight years, but his departure has left a massive void in the club’s goalscoring department.
When asked about Lewandowski, Salihamidzic states that Bayern have no plan to boo their revered superstar of the past. The Bayern sporting director praised the Pole for his success at Bavaria and suggests he will be welcomed with open arms, albeit as a rival.
“What kind of reception for Lewandowski? Robert won everything with us. I wouldn’t boo him. The fans will appreciate that.”
Barcelona are hoping the presence of Lewandowski can give them an edge in the final third, although it will be equally interesting to see how the Bavarians perform without the Polish international spearheading their frontline.