PEP GUARDIOLA returns to Barcelona tonight and for once he could leave the Nou Camp a broken man.
Bayern Munich’s coach is sure to be given a hero’s reception but the team he left behind have been growing in stature and take a giant leap to the Final.
Guardiola knows more about Lionel Messi than most but it could be a player he didn’t sign who causes the damage in the first leg.
After a slow start to his Catalan career Luis Suarez has emerged as a key man for Luis Enrique with 10 goals in his last eight games.
The Uruguayan is one third of a formidable frontline with Messi and Neymar and they’ve grabbed 108 goals between them this season.
Messi has 51 of those but eight of Barca’s last nine Champions League strikes have come from Suarez or Neymar.
Guardiola’s side recovered superbly to reach the semi-finals after a 3-1 defeat away to Porto and that result is worrying. Arjen Robben, Holger Badstuber and David Alaba are out and Franck Ribery still has ankle ankle problems.
Javi Martinez is just back after a nine-month absence and Robert Lewandowski will play with a face mask after his jaw and nose were broken last week. I can’t back a Bayern side well short of full strength and fully expect Real to do the business tonight.
(8-11, William Hill)
Suarez to score
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