Talking Tactics: Bayern Munich need strong strategic approach against Barcelona

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Bayern Munich players celebrating against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

A good strategic approach over a tactical one can decide the clash between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona

Hansi Flick has truly lived up to the famous Bavarian football expression of “Super Bayern”. The interim turned permanent head coach has so far crossed all the hurdles in his stride. His comparison to Pep Guardiola by his squad and media makes so much sense now. The 55-year old, former Bayern Munich player of the mid-80s era, is now focused on routing the Spaniard’s feat by delivering Bayern their second-ever treble.

Die Roten completed a full circle against Chelsea last week with a four-one victory. It was the second leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League as Bayern registered an aggregate score of seven goals to one. The Bavarians reached another milestone, becoming the second-ever team to have won every single game in a UCL campaign. That has been the case so far as Bayern Munich prepare for their next clash scheduled for Friday.

The two biggest teams that share the same acronym for their football club come face-to-face on Friday. Hansi Flick and Quique Setien will march with their respective cavalries to Estadio da Luz in Lisbon for the quarter-finals. Not just Bayern, Barcelona have their way to reach landmarks. The Catalans are in their record 13th consecutive quarter-finals of the Champions League. Their previous clash saw Barcelona knocking Bayern out in the semi-finals of the 2014/15 season. The match in Lisbon, however, will present a different ball game.

As a result of the cluttered fixture list and time constraint, UEFA announced a format change for the current season post the restart. The remaining fixtures in the European competition will be a single-leg encounter as opposed to the usual home and away system. Bayern versus Barcelona is no less than a mini-World Cup fixture. Two dominating clubs of their respective nations will vie for 90 minutes on Friday night. Let us have look at Barcelona’s profile and what one can expect to see in this mouthwatering clash.

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