After winning the Champions League in 2020, Bayern Munich looks to return to the summit. They will need to escape a competitive Group E, starting with Tuesday's group stage opener against Barcelona.
Barcelona have won the Champions League twice in the last decade, in 2015 and 2011, but they enter this season without star Lionel Messi, who transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in the offseason.
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Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Time: 2:50 p.m. ET
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Messi's departure has left a hole in the Barcelona lineup. The club will look to rebuild around forward Memphis Depay and midfielder Sergio Busquets.
For Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller each could pose a serious threat to the Barcelona defense.
Barcelona also will carry with them into the match the memory of their meeting with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal in August 2020, a match Bayern Munich won 8-2, including two goals from Müller and one goal each from Lewandowski and Gnabry.
Barcelona will look to avenge that loss Tuesday against Bayern Munich as the teams compete to advance to this season's Champions League tournament.