All or nothing for Barca and Messi against Bayern

Tanya Simon
August 14, 2020

The Catalans should certainly wonder how it got to this point, given they spent more than 500 million euros ($590m) over the last three seasons, bringing in players that should have complemented, not isolated, the Argentine.

Barca face Bayern at the Estadio da Luz for a place in next Wednesday's semi-final. "We have to recognise the spaces, put him under pressure and try to win the one-on-one duels".

While opposite number Quique Setien suggested Robert Lewandowski was not in the same class as Messi, Flick refused to be drawn into a comparison between his talisman and Barca's.

"It's not Bayern Munich against Messi, but against Barcelona".

"You can't compare the two players", insisted Flick. Of course he's a world-class player and we have thought about how to play against him.

"He has a lot of quality, especially in the penalty area, he guarantees goals and creates them too". I really want to go back to training, but now it's time to stay home until the virus is over. "He's an exceptional player and I don't know if someone like that will come around again".

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"Messi is in good shape, but you never defend him alone", Muller said.

"It is possible that we will play together to counter him as a team".

In contrast, Barcelona surrendered the Spanish title to Real Madrid after winning only seven of their 11 matches since the Spanish league resumed.

The main loser from Setien's change of system will likely be Antoine Griezmann, with Arturo Vidal set to be the most advanced of the midfield four - the Chilean returning from suspension to feature against his former club.

"Both teams have tremendous quality", he said.

"We have to believe in ourselves, act confidently and with the necessary intensity going into this game".

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