Barcelona vs Bayern Munich preview: Bayern Munich’s incredible form will be put to the test by Barcelona tonight in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The German giants have won all 12 games since their campaign resumed in May — securing the Bundesliga title and the DFB Cup along the way.
Their last defeat came back in December at Borussia Monchengladbach and that 2-1 reverse sparked a 27-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
As a result, Bayern are on course for a historic treble but they would not be in this position without the goalscoring talents of Robert Lewandowksi.
The Pole, 31, has netted 53 goals and provided eight assists during a scintillating campaign.
He is averaging a goal every 47 minutes in the Champions League, scoring 13 in just seven games.
They are the sort of numbers usually only produced by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
And it is Messi who Barca will need to be at his very best if they are to get the better of Bayern.
The LaLiga runners-up impressed with a first-half blitz in the second leg of their last-16 tie with Napoli but have had a difficult season.
Quique Setien failed to lead them to the title, won by bitter rivals Real Madrid, after replacing Ernesto Valverde in January and rumours continue to circulate about possible departures for both him and Messi.
Yet you simply cannot write off Barca as they contest their 13th consecutive Champions League quarter-final.
Like the remainder of the games in this season’s competition, the tie will be a 90-minute affair with the possibility of extra-time and penalties to decide who will take on Manchester City or Lyon in the semis.
Did you know?
Barcelona have lost more Champions League games against Bayern than any other club. The Catalan giants have lost five, drawn one and won just two matches against them.
Barca are looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for a second consecutive season for the first time since a run of six between 2007-08 and 2012-13.
Bayern have won their eight Champions League matches this season.