BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Right-back Dani Alves thinks Barcelona must be at least 2-0 at half time to have any chance of progressing from their Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Bayern Munich tonight.
Barcelona were totally outplayed in the first leg last Tuesday night and suffered a 4-0 defeat and Alves believes it will take something special to pull off what would be a remarkable comeback.
“We’ll give it everything,” the Brazilian defender was quoted as saying. “For us this match is like the final and we are obliged to give 200 per cent.”
Alves also thinks an early goal could unsettle Bayern Munich.
“If we score quickly it will help us because that will get Bayern thinking and nerves could set in,” he said.
“We are a team that increases its level of performance in our very worst moments and now we need to be at our very best.
“Bayern might be a big team — but so are we. And if the Germans arrive here relaxed in any way at all that will be a big error.
“Now is the moment for revenge.”
Striker Lionel Messi is set to start after coming off the bench over the weekend to score.
The Argentine, who has been struggling with an injury failed to spark in the first leg, but his manager Tito Vilanova still believes he will be the difference tonight.
Vilanova is also backing his Barcelona team to make life difficult for the visitors.
“If there’s a team that can make life difficult for teams [in this situation] it’s Barcelona,” he said during his press conference on Tuesday. “But if we fail, we have to have fought until the end as we always have in recent years.”
Vilanova was criticized for the way he handled his substitutions during the first game, with many also criticizing the manager for keep sticking with Alexis Sanchez during the game when he clearly was struggling.
Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 4-0 the last time these two met, while they are 10-0 against German sides at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona v Bayern Munich – At 1:45 ET