The Bundesliga champions are touted as favourites for the tie against a Manchester United side suffering a lapse of confidence and form this term in what has been a difficult debut season in charge for manager David Moyes.
However the Bavarians are not underestimating the English champions’ chances of shocking the German giants who have already been crowned champions of their domestic league with weeks still left to play.
Bayern Munich and Germany No.1 Manuel Neuer even pointed to Chelsea’s 2011/12 Champions League win against the visitors tomorrow night in the final they hosted at the Allianz Arena and lost on penalties to a Blues side that finished sixth in the Premier League under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo.
"Think of Chelsea, who finished sixth and went on to win the Champions League - unfortunately," Neuer explained in a discussion over the challenge United will pose on Tuesday.
The Blues sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas earlier on that season after a run of poor results that saw them slip out of the top four but the Londoners defied their critics and the odds by taking the Champions League title out of the German side’s hands in their own back yard.
That defeat hurt Bayern Munich and, although the team has changed and improved since then, winning the Champions League last season at Wembley, they haven’t forgotten the lessons learned from the past, according to their star stopper.
Neuer’s comments should not be taken lightly and neither should the threat posed by Manchester United in this tie.
Whilst the Red Devils have certainly had a turbulent and trying season under David Moyes, there are those who would say the beast that United have always been may be wounded, bruised and battered.
Resultantly they may come out fighting in this tie and, as Chelsea proved in 2012, the past can come back to haunt you – while Neuer would have been just 13-years-old when Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side scored two injury time goals in the Champions League final at the Camp Nou to win the European title and treble in 1999. You never can truly rule United out.