Only two seasons ago, a much-celebrated Barcelona side were humiliated 7-0 on aggregate over two legs of their Champions League semi-final against FC Bayern, before the Germans went onto lift their fifth European Cup.
These circumstances alone point to the fact the current crop of FC Bayern stars are being slightly underestimated as they prepare for another titanic clash with their Spanish counterparts.
There is quite a catalogue of evidence to suggest this price on FC Bayern is a humdinger.
For starters, the last time the freshly-crowned German champions visited the Camp Nou, they left as 3-0 winners.
A nucleus of players on both sides will once again be in the squads for the latest edition as well.
That emphatic scoreline was achieved off the back of a stunning 4-0 victory at the Allianz Arena, but nonetheless, teams who could claim to have humbled the Catalans in their own stadium are countable on one hand.
In fact, continuing on a historical thread for a minute, FCB’s record at the Camp Nou is formidable; they’ve won on three of their last four visits to Barca’s digs.
Jumping back into the present and it is only really a blip in Porto, where they lost the initial leg of their quarter-final, which saw Pep Guardiola’s charges drop behind their semi-final opponents in overall favouritism for the competition.
The 6-1 mauling doled out to the Portuguese side in the second leg actually ensured the Bavarian kings scored two more goals overall on aggregate than a Barca outfit whose strikeforce is supposedly the most fearsome in Europe.
Then there is the man at the helm. No one has better insider knowledge of the opposition’s fabric than Guardiola himself, who brought unbridled success to his former club.
If anyone knows the best way to curtail the threat of Lionel Messi and co then it’s the master tactician himself, who kens a thing or two about lifting all big ears as well.
Although his first tilt at the Champions League trophy with FCB ended at this stage last season, Guardiola still pulled off away victories at Manchester City and Arsenal, while Roma were decimated 7-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in this season’s group stages.
This FC Bayern team should not be taken lightly, especially with Robert Lewandowski declared fit, rather backed at tremendous odds instead.