Barcelona 2009 vs Bayern Munich 2020

Only FC Barcelona of 2009 under Pep Guardiola and Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich of 2020  have managed to win a sextuple, that is winning everything in one season. Both of these teams, Barca from 2009 and Bayern Munich from 2020 dominated in their respective leagues as well as in European Championships.

What would be the result if both these teams played against each other? Who would emerge as the best team of the previous two decades? This remains a mystery, as this legendary match could only be played in fantasy football.

Let’s compare the overall stats of both the teams. Guardiola’s Barcelona ended the season with 46 wins, 13 draws, 6 defeats, 163 goals scored and 59 conceded. On the other hand, Bayern, who played 10 games less, ended with 47 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats, 167 goals scored and 51 conceded. Working on averages per game, Bayern scored more and Barcelona conceded less.

This indicates that Barcelona had a comparatively better defense and Bayern Munich had a comparatively better attack. Let’s look at both the squads:

Barcelona 2009: Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal; Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry

Bayern Munich 2020: Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski

2020’s Bayern is more dynamic, less technical team than the 2009’s Barcelona, but there are also various similarities: goalkeepers comfortable on the ball, very attacking fullbacks, a metronomic passer at the back of midfield, a highly mobile center forward and goal-scoring wide men.

Pep revolutionised football and yes it could be stated that the Bayern of 2020 would not exist without the existence of 2009’s Barcelona. Hansi Flick modernized and developed the tactics and style of play Barcelona introduced under Guardiola. If we take a combination of both teams, the fusion would be

It is debatable which team would win but the quality and entertainment from this match is guaranteed. Messi at his prime in the false 9 position, brilliant midfield linking between Xavi and Iniesta and the almost tiki-taka style of passing would be highly unpredictable to the likes of Alaba and Boateng. So probably the score would be 3–2 in favour of Barcelona.

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