Cologne - FC Barcelona and FC Bayern München have enjoyed a good-spirited sparring session on social media ahead of their eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg in the Catalonian capital on Wednesday.

The story lines write themselves with FC Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola making an emotional return to his former stomping ground. Barcelona may be considered favourites coming into the clash, but the German record titleholders seemed to have the edge on Twitter during a tongue-in-cheek exchange between the two European heavyweights on Monday.

The Bundesliga champions got things kicked off with a cheeky video of former Barca midfielder Thiago demonstrating his silky skills...

Barcelona weren't long in producing a response to Bayern's quip as two members of their star-studded frontline, Lionel Messi and Neymar, took centre stage with a round of keepy-uppies...

The Bayern-Barca banter continued as the Bavarian outfit showed off their impressive 51-trophy haul, which includes 5 UEFA Champions League victories...

Barcelona may have won Europe's most prestigious prize on one less occasion, but with 58 titles to their name in all competitions they weren't shirking the social media challenge being laid down by Bayern...

With the winky emojis flying back and forth, FC Bayern went for the knockout blow by tweeting out a video portraying their post-title celebrations from recent seasons...

Though they didn't do it in video form, Barca countered by sending a clear message to the German record titleholders, putting the Nou Camp, where Wednesday's fixture will be decided one way or the other, in the backdrop of their response...

However, with 180 minutes at least left to play it was FC Bayern who had the last word, underlining that the encounter is not yet decided before graciously wishing their opponents well ahead of Wednesday's first leg...