Hello and welcome one and all to DWs coverage of the UEFA Champions League tie between reigning titleholders Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid (kickoff 21:00 CET/20:00 GMT/10:30 ET). DWs match blog goes live 90 minutes before the first whistle.
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Bayern will be without one of their stars this Wednesday evening after Germany winger Serge Gnabry tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier. The former Arsenal winger has started all four of Bayern’s Bundesliga games this season and scored a hat trick in their 8-0 demolition of Schalke in the opening game last month.
All of Bayern’s players were tested for the virus again on Wednesday morning. Under UEFA coronavirus protocols, Bayern must present negative tests for all the players to be involved in the match no later than six hours before kickoff. That means the club have until 3 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) to do so. At least 13 players, including a goalkeeper must test positive for the match to be held.
Bayern and Atletico have met on four previous occasions, with all four games coming in the 2015-16 Champions League campaign. During the group stage, both sides won 1-0 win on home soil. The semifinal clash followed the same pattern, but away goals decided the tie with Atletico scoring in Munich.
Hansi Flick’s side made history in 2019-20, winning every game en route to claiming their sixth European Cup – the first team to lift the trophy with a perfect record. The defeat of Paris Saint-Germain was Bayern’s 11th straight UEFA Champions League success, setting a new record.
Last season, Lewandowski finished as the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s competition record of 17 for Real Madrid in 2013-14. The Pole has already started this season in prolific form with nine goals in eight games for club and country.
The Uruguayan may experience unwanted flashbacks when he faces Bayern after being part of the Barcelona side that suffered the ignominy of an 8-2 loss during the Champions League finals tournament in Lisbon. Now on the books at Atletico, he can at least be confident in not conceding as often.
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Bayern became only the seventh team to win all six games in the group stage last season, recording big wins at Tottenham (7-2) – in which Serge Gnabry scored four goals – and Red Star (6-0) – in which Robert Lewandowski scored the fastest quadruple in Champions League history at 16 minutes.
Possible lineup: Bayern Munich
Neuer – Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Hernandez – Goretzka, Kimmich – Costa, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Possible lineup: Atletico Madrid
Oblak – Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi – Koke, Saul – Llorente, Carrasco – Suarez, Joao Felix