Barcelona take on Bayern Munich in the final game of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night, and if there ever was a must-win for the Catalan giants, it is this.
As things stand, Barca need to beat Bayern in order to qualify for the last-16 and Memphis Depay believes this is a perfect opportunity for the LaLiga side to exact revenge for the humiliation inflicted on them last season.
Bayern thumped Barca 8-2 in the previous Champions League campaign and also beat them 3-0 in this season’s competition, and Depay has called on his side to show “maximum intensity” against the Group E leaders.
Memphis Depay said.
it is Barca’s last chance to advance to the next round and they had to treat the game as a final. “We have to prepare very well mentally for the game and we will have to give everything to get the result,”
Barca’s passage to the next round is significantly dependent on Benfica’s outcome, but Depay maintained that his team should not rely solely on that result and that they must play with “maximal energy” throughout the 90 minutes
“The way we approach the game is our coach’s decision, but obviously we like high pressure and having the ball. We like to control games based on having the ball,” he added.
Bayern have already qualified for the next round after winning group E. The Bavarian giants have had a perfect Champions League campaign so far, winning all five matches, and will be looking to end their campaign on a high with yet another win.
A win over Benfica in the last round would have seen Barca qualify without the situation going down to the wire, but a 0-0 means they need to beat Julian Naglesmann’s side if they are to progress to the next round.
Depay signed from Barcelona in the summer and has made 20 appearances so far across competitions, scoring eight goals and providing two assists. The Dutchman is yet to score or assist in the Champions League, firing blanks against Bayern, Benfica, and Dynamo Kiev.
A number of key players have been ruled out for the Bayern clash, including Anus Fati, Pedri, Gavi, Sergi Roberto, and Martin Braithwaite. Barca have endured a tough campaign thus far, and find themselves seventh on the LaLiga table, as newly-appointed boss Xavi looks to bring their season back on track.
In the reverse fixture, Bayern beat Barca 3-0, with goals from Thomas Muller and a brace from Robert Lewandowski. If Barca are to pull off a victory, they will need the entire team to come together, firing on all cylinders and take down the high-flying Bavarian giants.