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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The players are warming up...
...and the Allianz Arena is packed to the rafters and making plenty of noise already.
The tactical set-up
An imposing midfield three of Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara for the home side this evening... (Scroll down for full team news.)
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.
A sneak peek into the home dressing room...
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"Our boys are here! A few moments ago, Bayern arrived at the Allianz Arena,"
reads the tweet below:
FC BAYERN LINE-UP:
The Bavarians line up in a 4-3-3 for Pep Guardiola's 100th game in charge, with Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bench, but there's Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery.
FC PORTO LINE-UP:
Jackson Martinez remains up top, although winger Cristian Tello fails to make it with injury, meaning the same front three as in the Dragao begin. Centre-half by trade, Dutchman Bruno Martins Indi will fill in at left-back in place of the suspended Alex Sandro, while Diego Reyes does likewise on the right for Danilo.
The final countdown
Plenty of Bayern fans in and around the grounds of the Allianz Arena now...
One big family
The Bayern players will also have the support of their basketball counterparts, who'll be at the game later tonight...
Ready to fight
Thiago Alcantara, who grabbed that all-important away goal in Oporto, is readying himself for battle...
It's all in the preparation
The pitch at the Allianz Arena is looking immaculate as ever. Won't be too long until the fans start flooding in...
Prolific at home
FC Bayern put seven past FC Shakhtar Donetsk in their last 16 second leg tie at the Allianz Arena, taking their average goals-per-game tally in this season's competition up to 3.3...
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.
- 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.
David Alaba is one of several big-name stars unavailable to head coach Pep Guardiola, but that didn't stop the Austrian sending his best wishes to his team-mates from the comfort of the front seat of his car. "Let's go lads, you'll do it against Porto. I'll have my fingers crossed from the very beginning. Let's do it!"
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.
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.
Götze's battle cry
Mario Götze wasn't at his influential best in FC Bayern's 2-0 win TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but is determined to make his mark against Porto and help his team to victory based on this tweet he sent out.
Keeping a clean sheet will be crucial to FC Bayern's hopes of progressing on Tuesday night, but the record titleholders have every reason to believe they're capable of doing just that on home soil having already done so against Manchester City FC, AS Roma, PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Shakhtar Donetsk this season.
Breaking a sweat
Eight hours and 45 minutes to go until FC Bayern's must-win match gets underway. The sun is shining and the depleted squad appear to be in good spirits.
Can't make it to the Allianz Arena tonight? Not to fear the UEFA Champions League clash will be broadcast the world over and FC Bayern have provided this handy guide to what time the match kicks off in a selection of the globe's biggest cities.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is also under no illusions as to the gravity of the challenge in front of Bayern.
Dante ready to respond
It was Dante's costly mistake that led to Porto's second goal in last week's 3-1 loss in Portugal, but, like his compatriot Rafinha, his only focus now is righting those wrongs.
Rafinha rallies the troops
Amid a raft of injured players, Rafinha has been one of the few constants on whom Guardiola has been able to rely this season, and the Brazilian is confident of helping the side reach the last four of the competition, posting the following onTwitter: