Few semifinals in history have had the potential for excitement possessed by Bayern Munich and Barcelona next week.
Even with Bayern missing Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, the match-up of Pep Guardiola and his former mates will feature some of the biggest and most entertaining names in the game.
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From Lionel Messi to Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Luis Suarez to Thomas Muller, we could be in for a real treat. But will Robert Lewandowski be able to add his sway to the proceedings?
Maybe not. After being bloodied during a Cup match against Borussia Dortmund, Guardiola could not commit to using the big striker next week.
Guardiola says “we will see his condition on Monday, Tuesday,” adding that “the doctor is the chief.”
Lewandowski suffered a concussion and facial fractures in the German Cup semifinal loss on Tuesday when was slammed by Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.
Guardiola says “Bundesliga is over” after Bayern secured the title Sunday and indicated he would rotate heavily Saturday at Bayer Leverkusen.
Good news for Bayer fans, we guess. Lewandowski could be a huge factor against Barcelona, though the Spanish side has a fresh defensive reinforcement in Thomas Vermaelen.