Bayern Munich v/s Valencia

Oleh: AP
November 19

Spanish giants Valencia take on German giants Bayern Munich in the match of the day in Group F, and with both teams tied on same points and joint top in the group, a draw would see both of them safely through to the next round of the competition, provided BATE fail to win against French club Lille in the other match of the group.

However, neither manager would want leave their fate at the hands of other teams and wait for the last match day to secure progression into the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League if Lille fails to keep their end of the bargain against the side from the Belarus. The Spanish side might be struggling at home but they have been in a fine vein of form in Europe and have won three matches on the trot after an opening day defeat.

The la Liga team was the only team that came anywhere close to breaking the monopoly of the Big Two of Spanish football over the last decade or so, but their worsening financial condition that saw them having to sell the likes of superstars such as David Villa to Barcelona, David Villa to Manchester City, Juan Mata to Chelsea and Jordi Alba to Barcelona meant they would only be able to compete for the third spot and automatic qualification spot for the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, succumbed to a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of BATE in Belarus but came back strongly to beat Lille in both their subsequent encounters on match day three and match day four. Their last match against Lille at home saw Bayern saw them score 6 past the hapless French side and being one of the most successful teams in the competition throughout its existence, will look to make easy work of their opponents on Tuesday night.

Bayern reached the final of the UEFA Champions League two times in three years, only to lose to Inter Milan in 2010 and to Chelsea last season. But they are in scintillating form in their domestic league and are the runaway leaders in the Bundesliga and are already being considered as the favorites to reclaim the title of German champions after a gap of two years; but it is the continental glory that has eluded them for over a decade now and they will go all out for it.

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