Audi Cup 2011 preview: Barcelona - Bayern Munich
The Catalan and Bavarian heavyweights face off in a prestige clash on Wednesday. Goal.com previews the action at the Allianz Arena
Valdes; Cuenca, Fontas, Abidal, Maxwell; Keita, Thiago, Busquets; Afellay, Villa, Jonathan
The Catalans managed to see off Internacional in the semi-final without the use of several of their finest players, so Pep Guardiola will have many options available as he prepares for the showdown against Bayern. However, South American contingent Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Milito, Alexis Sanchez, Adriano and Dani Alves will all be missing as they enjoy a brief break following the Copa America.
|Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber; Tymoshchuk, Luiz Gustavo; Usami, Alaba, Olic; Petersen
After using the vast majority of their starters for 90 minutes against Milan on Tuesday, Bayern are sure to field a B-team against Barcelona. Most of their usual first-team squad will be available at least from the bench, but after picking up a bruise in the semi-final, Arjen Robben will join Franck Ribery in the stands.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time Barcelona visited Munich in pre-season was in 2007, when the Catalans earned a 1-0 victory through Lionel Messi's late goal.
- Pep Guardiola's side set off to the United States on a tour after this competition, and will meet Manchester United in a repeat of the teams' Champions League final at the end of May.
- This pre-season is Guardiola's fourth as coach of the Catalan club, but the Barca boss won't be handing a debut to new signing Alexis Sanchez, who will be given extra rest following the recent Copa America, along with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.
- Bayern won the first and only prior Audi Cup in 2009, edging Manchester United in the final following a penalty shoot-out.
- The Germans have spent an estimated €47 million on transfers this summer, bringing in the likes of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, and Rafinha.
- Jupp Heynckes' side have failed to win their last three pre-season friendlies during regular time, having lost to Hamburg before overcoming Mainz and Milan in penalties.
- The Bavarians begin their competitive season on Monday as they take on Eintracht Braunschweig in the DFB Pokal.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Barcelona 2-1 FC Bayern München
- 20.12 %
FC Barcelona 1-2 FC Bayern München
- 15.8 %
FC Barcelona 2-0 FC Bayern München
- 12.64 %
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 24, 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - FC Barcelona 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||May 1, 2013||FC Barcelona 0 - FC Bayern München 3|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 23, 2013||FC Bayern München 4 - FC Barcelona 0|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 27, 2011||FC Barcelona 2 - FC Bayern München 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||Apr 14, 2009||FC Bayern München 1 - FC Barcelona 1|
|Dec 6, 2013||F.C. Cartagena 1 - FC Barcelona 4||ESPC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 1 - FC Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|Nov 26, 2013||Ajax 2 - FC Barcelona 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||FC Barcelona 4 - Granada 0||LIGA|
|Nov 10, 2013||Betis 1 - FC Barcelona 4||LIGA|
|-||Andreu Fontàs Prat||Defender|
|12||Jonathan Dos Santos||Midfielder|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|25||Rubén Miño Peralta||Goalkeeper|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|