Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich - Inter

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Bayern Munich:  Kraft; Lahm, Gustavo, Badstuber, Pranjic; Ribery, Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger, Robben; Mueller, Gomez

Bayern Munich


Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Cordoba, Ranocchia, Chivu; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Sneijder; Pandev, Eto'o

Inter Milan


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Bayern Munich lost 2-0 to Inter on November 23, 1988 in the UEFA Cup which is tied for their heaviest home defeat in European action.
  • Mario Gomez leads the team in scoring with seven goals in the Champions League including the late strike against Inter in the first leg at San Siro.
  • Die Roten's overall home record against Italian teams is: W 6, D 5, L 4.
  • In 20 UEFA competition ties in which they have won the first leg away, Bayern have advanced to the next round.
  • Bayern have won all three of their previous penalty shoot-outs in UEFA club competitions.
  • Inter striker Samuel Eto'o also has seven goals in the competition, one behind Lionel Messi at the top of the scoring charts.
  • Diego Milito and Thiago Motta have been ruled out of the crunch clash through injury while Lucio is unlikely to feature as well.
  • Facing German opposition on foreign soil, Inter's record is: W 4, D 7, L 4.
  • Inter beat Bayern in last year's final and have avoided defeat in their last two visits to Munich.
  • The Nerazzurri signed 18-year old talent Christoph Knasmuellner from Bayern in January. The Austrian is not in Inter's Champions League squad, however, and will miss the game.

LAST MEETING



February 23, 2011: Inter 0-1 Bayern Munich


Bayern goalkeeper Thomas Kraft stood tall and proud between the sticks until the Bavarians were able to capitalise on one of their many chances late in the game. Arjen Robben's low drive was spilled by Inter shot-stopper Julio Cesar and Mario Gomez was on hand to pounce on the rebound in injury time, giving the Germans a one-goal advantage heading into to the second leg at the Allianz Arena.

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