On Monday, Mark Van Bommel said Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona should have been the UEFA Champions League final, not semifinal. While he's almost certainly a very opinionated man on matters pertaining to the two clubs, it'll be difficult to find someone not supporting one of the other two semifinalists who disagrees with them. Barcelona have been the most successful team of the last five years without question, but Bayern are creeping up on them.
The first leg of the tie is in Munich, and with Barcelona's recent performances in the first legs of their knockout stage ties, Bayern will be confident that they can open up a lead on Tuesday night. The Blaugrana lost 2-0 to AC Milan at the San Siro in the round of 16, then gave up a late equalizer away to PSG in the quarterfinals. It hasn't stopped them from getting here, but one has to believe that Bayern won't give up a lead quite as easily as Barcelona's last two opponents.
Bayern Munich injuries and suspensions
Out: Mario Mandzukic, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos
Barcelona injuries and suspensions
Out: Adriano, Javier Mascherano, Carles Puyol
Both teams have a few players returning from slight nagging injuries and resting at the weekend. Bastian Schweinsteiger has recently been declared fit for Bayern as expected, while Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique should all return to the Barcelona starting XI. Eric Abidal is available for Barcelona for the first time in over a year following his liver transplant. He made his first start of the season this weekend against Levante.
The game is available on TV and streaming live online legally in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, as well as the countries the two teams hail from. The information on where you can watch the game in those countries can be found below.
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. UK, 8:45 p.m. local).
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
TV: FOX Soccer (U.S. - English), FOX Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sport 1 (Germany), TV3 Catalunya (Catalonia), Esport3 (Rest of Spain)
Online: FOX Soccer 2 Go (U.S.), ITV streaming (U.K.), Sportsnet Online (Canada), Sky Go (Germany), RTVE.es (Spain)