Four losses in a row and six hours without a goal do not instil confidence that Bayern can mount a remarkable comeback against Barcelona that has won eight games in a row by the combined score of 28-1; And not with Lionel Messi in top form. The Argentina forward almost single-handedly destroyed Bayern with his 52nd and 53rd goals of the season and an assist for Neymar in the first leg.
Since winning the Bundesliga title, Bayern has exited the German Cup on penalties to Borussia Dortmund, lost 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, been humbled at Barcelona, and on Saturday lost 1-0 at home to modest Augsburg in the league.
Manager Pep Guardiola is going through his toughest period since taking over from Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble with Bayern in 2013.
On Friday, Guardiola testily answered a reporter’s question with, “How many times has Bayern won the treble? Once. OK?”
The Catalan hasn’t been helped by injuries to Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Alaba.
Guardiola’s friend and former teammate Luis Enrique does, however, have a chance to match Guardiola’s feat in his first year at Barcelona by winning three major titles.
Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday left it one win away from clinching the Spanish league title, and it is also set to play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final. The victory over the weekend gave Luis Enrique 47 wins in 55 games this season, equaling a club record of 47 wins in 64 games set by Guardiola in 2011-12.