Munich - Regarded as one of world football's most talented tactical minds, Pep Guardiola is gearing up for an encounter which could define his legacy as head coach of FC Bayern München.

On Tuesday evening, FC Bayern play host to FC Porto needing to overturn a two-goal deficit to avoid being knocked out the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage, in what many are regarding as the biggest fixture of Guardiola's reign at the German record titleholders so far.

Accordingly, bundesliga.com will be scouring the internet to bring you the latest news and social media posts to keep you abreast of all the build-up to the Bavarians' must-win clash!

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With the action moments away, that concludes our live build-up of the evening. Will Bayern move into a fourth consecutive semi-final? The best ways to follow the Bundesliga champions' efforts are here on our LIVE ticker, while our Twitter feed over here will also keep you updated with all the action from Munich. Enjoy the game!

History is written by the victors

In Champions League history, three Bundesliga sides have progressed to the next round after tasting defeat away from home in the first leg. Bayer 04 Leverkusen overcame Liverpool FC in the quarters in 2001/02, while Bayern have done it twice before. The Bavarians turned it around against Real Madrid CF in the second round in 2006/07, before beating FC Basel at the same stage in 2011/12. Hope springs eternal.

Thomas Müller was bullish in yesterday's press conference and offered some insight into how Bayern will start this must-win (by two clear goals) encounter. "We have to play cleverly," said the attacking midfielder. "We can't just run forward in kamikaze fashion. Anyway, a 2-0 win for Bayern at home would hardly be a footballing miracle."

Tonight's game marks Pep Guardiola's 100th in the FC Bayern dugout. The Spaniard celebrated his 50th Bundesliga win at Borussia Dortmund last month, reaching that particular milestone quicker than any other coach past or present. Let's hope he can make it another night to remember!

Home comforts

Aside from winning all four of their Champions League games at the Allianz Arena so far this season, Bayern have also won 13 of their 19 home games by a scoreline that would see them into the semi-finals later tonight.

Previous encounters


  • In the 1999/2000 quarter-finals, the clubs drew the first leg in Oporto 1-1. Mario Jardel's 90th-minute equaliser looked like being enough to send the return leg into extra time two weeks later, but there was still time for Thomas Linke to get in on the act and seal a 3-2 aggregate win for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side.

    • In their 1990/91 quarter-final, Porto came away from Munich with a 1-1 draw, but goals in Portugal from Christian Ziege and Manfred Bender took Bayern through.

      • Porto came from a Ludwig Kögl goal down to win the 1987 European Cup final in Vienna thanks to quick-fire efforts from Rabah Madjer and Juary.

Three reasons to believe!


  • FC Bayern have won all four of their home games in the UEFA Champions League this season, scoring 13 times, whilst not conceding a single goal themselves.

    • Historically speaking, the Bundesliga league leaders boast eight wins and two draws against Portuguese opposition on home soil. Furthermore, FC Bayern have won all eight of their previous two-legged encounters with outfits from the Iberian nation.

      • FC Bayern's last home game against a Portuguese side came in the Round of 16 of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League and ended with a 7-1 win over Sporting Clube de Portugal, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller both got themselves on the scoresheet.

Pre-match preparations

It looks like Tuesday's hosts will have a little something special up their sleeve for the clash with the Portuguese heavyweights. "The choreography is already being prepared in the Allianz Arena: surprise ;). Just six hours to go until kick off!" report BILD.

FC Porto's relentless pressing in the first leg was easily the most impressive feature of their performance as it led to FC Bayern making costly individual errors. The Bundesliga league leaders should expect much of the same though after no less than nine Porto players were rested in the 1-0 win over Académica de Coimbra.

Philipp Lahm has declared himself fighting fit for Tuesday's clash, but it appears that, following a battle against an ankle problem and the flu, Bastian Schweinsteiger won't be able to feature in the starting line-up, not that Lahm is overly-concerned: "He's capable of being a leader from the bench as well."

FC Bayern find themselves in a precarious position. Should they be unable to overturn the 3-1 deficit in their UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg against FC Porto, it would be the first time since the 2010/11 campaign in which the Bavarians failed to reach at least the semi-finals of Europe's most prestigious club competition. However, they are yet to concede on home soil at Europe's top table this season and are confident of progression. (Match Preview).