Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Inter and Bayern Munich square off against each other at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in a highly-anticipated Champions League game. The Nerazzurri aim to recover from a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, but they face yet another uphill task in Wednesday’s clash. Romelu Lukaku remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, and we predict that the returnee will be sorely missed in the midweek showdown.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in a 1-1 draw with Union Berlin, but their displays at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign are surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of upcoming challenges. FCB are more of a team than Inter, and we predict that Julian Nagelsmann’s men are going to prove their worth. A man to watch in the away side will be summer signing Sadio Mane, who has already started paying off, while Serge Gnabry is pushing for a start. There are no fresh injury worries in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Bayern Munich):
Over the years Bayern Munich have established themselves as one of the most successful European clubs. The Stern des Sudens (Star of the South) are the dominant force in German football and it has to be noted that the Bavarians clinched their 26th Bundesliga title in 2016. Bayern Munich have won 18 German Cup trophies, while winning the Champions League (European Cup) five times.
The German giants clinched the Intercontinental Cup in 1976 and 2001, while lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in 2013. Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 by eleven football players and their leader was Franz John. The Bavarians host their rivals at Allianz Arena (75,000), the stadium that was built in 2005.
Fellow Bavarian sides TSV 1860 Munchen 1860 and Nurnberg are regarded as Bayern Munich’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern is big as well. The likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Gerd Muller and Giovane Elber are famous footballers who played for Bayern Munich in the past.