Bayern Munich vs. Juventus preview, live stream info: History sides with Bayern in classic showdown?

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on

It will be another classic showdown come February 23 at the Juventus Stadium when they play host to arch rival Bayern Munich in their first leg of the UEFA Champions League.

However, history seem to side with the German side having the 2013 season to back it up.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola will not take things lightly as he has his own problems to deal with. Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez will miss the match due to groin and knee injuries, respectively while Medhi Benatia, Mario Gotze, Franck Ribery, Sven Ulreich are still doubtful to play.

They will also have to deal with Darmstadt in the Bundesliga on February 20, which might affect their performance in the Champions League. But they are taking it one game at a time as Juventus will also play Bologna in the Serie A on the same day.

With that in mind, Bayern is riding on its streak having won eight of their last nine games and with Robert Lewandowski scoring eight times in five appearance this year, the Poland forward also registered six goals for Bayern since winter. There is also Thomas Muller, who has 15 Bundesliga goals to his name, but Guardiola knows it will be not enough to carry them pass Juventus and will have to come up with solid plays to advance.

On the other hand, aside from playing Bologna before taking on the Germans, Juventus will also have their own problems to sort out as Alex Sandro (thigh), Martin Caceres (ankle) and vice-captain Giorgio Chiellini out with injuries while Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic are still doubtful to play.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri will have to rely on team captain Gianluigi Buffon, Sami Khedira, Simone Zaza, Hernanes and the rest of their crew to come up with aggressive plays to push them to an advantage in the Champions League.

History might not be on their side, but one cannot just put Juventus away as they have proven to finish strong despite their runner-up finale in last season to Barcelona.

Catch the Bayern Munich-Juventus match live at UEFA’s official web site and at Live Soccer TV.

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