Created on 30-04-2013 at 00:00 AM
Prior to Wednesday evening’s clash, Bayern will draw inspiration from their excellent record of two wins in three previous visits to Barcelona's Camp Nou fortress. No other team has won in the Catalan capital more often in European competition. However, Munich's only away defeat to Barcelona was a painful 4-0 thrashing in April 2009, a game contested by current squad members Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribéry. For Barça, seven of the present team were on duty that night: Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets.
Away streak versus home strength
Bayern arrive in Barcelona on a streak of four Champions League away fixtures without defeat (three wins, one draw). In the knockout phase, Munich won 2-0 away to Juventus and 3-1 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. The German champions have also scored at least once in every Champions League away game this term. However, Barcelona are exceptionally powerful at home, with 16 wins, five draws and no defeats in their last 21 home games in Europe's prestige club competition. Blaugrana have scored an average of 2.8 goals per game in that time, a total of 59 goals, winning on four occasions by the score which would at least bring extra time on Wednesday.
Slovenian official Skomina to take charge
Slovenian referee Damir Skomina will take charge of Wednesday night's match. The 36-year-old has only refereed a game involving Germany's biggest club once before, Bayern's 3-0 victory away to Maccabi Haifa in September 2009. Skomina has officiated at four Champions League matches this season, showing an average of three yellow cards per game. His most recent outing was for Dortmund's 3-0 home win over Donetsk in the Round of 16.
Fifth final for Bayern?
Bayern have reached the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time, level with Manchester United. Can the Bundesliga champions make it to the final for the fifth time? Up to now, FCB have only been knocked out in the last four on two occasions, to Ajax in 1994/95, and Real Madrid in 1999/2000. In the last four seasons, either Bayern or Barcelona has made the final, a trend which will continue this term. Another streak Bayern would like to see maintained is that in the last five seasons, the Champions League has either been won by Barcelona (twice) or the team which knocked the Catalans out of the competition: Chelsea in 2012, Inter in 2010, and United in 2008.
Media record at Camp Nou
The eyes of the world are on the Catalan capital tonight, as 990 media representatives have been granted accreditation, a new record for the venerable Camp Nou stadium. The journalists represent 230 media channels from 29 different countries. The German contingent comprises 96 reporters from 54 media channels.