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Bayern Munich manager facing dilemma against Barcelona

Heynckes will have been mulling over his game plan all week. (©GettyImages)
Heynckes will have been mulling over his game plan all week. (©GettyImages).

Rewind to March 13th, to the Allianz Arena and the tie against Bayern vs Arsenal; one would say they had already wrapped the game up at the Emirates from the first leg winning 3-1. 

True, they went through to the quarter-finals, yet it came ever so close to being a completely different story. Arsenal eventually won at the Allianz 2-0 and it set up a very nervy finish for the Germans, in what has actually proved to be their only defeat in 2013 so far. 

Now, in no disrespect to Arsenal, they are certainly not Barcelona, and whilst it is going to be an uphill task for any team to comeback from a four-goal deficit, you have to believe that the game against Arsenal gives Barcelona a chance.

Well, with the way Bayern have been performing this season it would seem highly unlikely, but the pressure is on the side from Bavaria as opposed to the one from Catalonia.

Many do not expect Barcelona to be able to overcome such a score line so for Lionel Messi and co. they can go out play their normal game.

For Bayern though it is a very different prospect, they have everything to lose. How do Jupp Heynckes and his side approach this game? When they faced Arsenal in the second leg of the last 16 game, they were playing in their own back yard with three away goals to their name. 

This scenario is ever so different to the Arsenal game though; not only do they have to play in front of the Camp Nou faithful against the likes of Lionel Messi, David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, they also do not have the advantage of being able to fall back on away goals. 

It’s a tough one for Heynckes. Does he set his team out to go for the away goal, or does he shut up shop, a bit like Jose Mourinho did when he was at Inter Milan a couple of years back.

Tottenham Hotspur faced the same difficulty in the Europa League this season when facing Inter. They went to the Giuseppe Meazza with a healthy lead, only to be pegged back, but fortunately qualified via an extra time away goal.

Many would expect Bayern to qualify from this tie and take their place in the final at Wembley. But for anyone who believes that this tie is done and dusted, think again, Bayern have a huge 90 minutes left to play, and Jupp Heynckes will have been planning how to set out his team all week long.


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