Photos: Barcelona prepare for Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

FC Barcelona

The Catalan giants warmed up ahead of their crucial first-leg against the Bavarians.

There's so many reasons for expectations to be high, ahead of what promises to be an exciting encounter between European giants, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as they battle for a place in the final of the Champions League.

The return of Pep Guardiola to his former stomping ground, where he achieved such great things managerially with the Catalan outfit, also raises the profile of the game even higher.

Barcelona are also very much on track, to achieve what would be a superb treble of trophies this season. Top of La Liga, already in the Copa del Rey final, and just two games away from a Champions League final date in Berlin.

Ahead of Wednesday night's first-leg at the Camp Nou, the Barcelona team prepared at their training base.

Whilst the players looked calm and relaxed during the morning session, the Barcelona players were also highly focused, as Luis Enrique put them through their paces, and worked on the finishing touches of his planning.

Both sets of players will certainly be fired up for this mouth watering encounter, but Barcelona will hope to secure themselves a strong first-leg advantage at home, before heading away for the second-leg in Germany.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch