BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Bayern Munich take a healthy 4-0 lead into today’s Champions League semi-final second clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou and look strong favourites to make it an all German final at Wembley later this month.
The game will be broadcast live on Al Jazeera Sports, Club RTL, RTE Network, Sky Sport, Sport 5+ and SuperSport MaXimo…among other channels.
Bayern punished Barcelona in the first leg in Munich last Tuesday with a dominant performance, while the Spanish La Liga runaway leaders looked far beyond their best.
A brace from Thomas Müller and one each from his German teammate Mario Gomez and Dutch forward Arjen Robben sealed the win.
But even with such a big lead Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes still believes Barcelona are a major threat.
“I have to say Barcelona are still the best team in the world so we will prepare accordingly,” he said on www.uefa.com. “They are capable of great things at Camp Nou and we want to avoid that.
“We will play like we did in Munich, attacking, playing to score – let’s see if it works out. We are not a defensive team, even if we do have a good defence.”
He added: We can’t think about negative scenarios. We have a very clear idea of the game we want to play and I will explain it in detail to my players. I am a positive person, I never think negatively and I trust my team completely.
“The players will give all they have and we’re very motivated to reach the final. We want to prove that the match in Munich wasn’t a one-off.
Barcelona have played at such a high level for so many years, world-class football, with a player like Messi, now with a new coach, fantastic club, marvellous football.
“Messi is the best in the world, extraordinary for his talent and because of his behaviour on and off the pitch. He is fitter than he was in Munich, so he will make things a lot more difficult for us
“I have players who have played in all sorts of places and stadiums, but what awaits us at Camp Nou will be spectacular.”
Meanwhile, unlike many who have already written off a Barcelona comeback, manager Tito Vilanova says his team has reason to believe.
It’s simple. They have Lionel Messi.
“We know how important Messi is, especially when it comes to scoring goals. The better he plays, the better it is for the team,” Vilanova said.
“But we can’t heap all the pressure on his shoulders – the rest of the team have to help. Still, Messi will have a lot of say in the outcome.”
Vilanova also warned that Barcelona will not roll over and die because of the deficit.
“If there’s a team that can make life difficult for teams [in this situation] it’s Barcelona,” he said. “But if we fail, we have to have fought until the end as we always have in recent years.”
He added: “We need to score goals while playing good football. If we do concede, it would obviously make it much more difficult for us. The players are aware of the task at hand.
“We’re FC Barcelona and we can’t take this tie as being lost already. If we don’t make it, we have to hold our heads high, fight until the end and make our fans feel proud of us.”
The winner after tonight’s second leg will face Borussia Dortmund who knocked out Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
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Game Fact– From UEFA.com
Heynckes is one of only three coaches whose team failed to defend a four-goal first-leg advantage in UEFA competition. He was in charge of the VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach side that beat Real Madrid CF 5-1 at home in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup third round, only to lose the return 4-0.