Boateng: No point going to Barca if we don’t improve

The Germany international has warned his team-mates that a repeat of their performance in the DFB-Pokal semi-final will be disastrous

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has warned his team-mates they need not not bother making the trip to Barcelona unless they can improve on their performance against Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola’s side had claimed the league title days earlier but saw their hopes of a treble shattered after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men in the DFB-Pokal semi-final.

And Boateng has called for a drastic improvement from his team-mates ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

“Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and we’ll need a top performance,” he told Kicker.

“If we play like we did against Dortmund then there is no need for us to even go to Barcelona.

“We were careless. We must defend and attack as a team once again. We make too many mistakes when we take the lead.

“We give the ball away too quickly, play too many long balls and are too lax.

“We had a big chance against Dortmund and I am bitter about how things worked out as it didn’t have to be that way.”

Bayern face a trip to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, where Guardiola is expected to rest a number of first-team players as his injury list continues to grow.

Robert Lewandowski suffered a broken nose in the defeat to Dortmund, while Arjen Robben was ruled out for the rest of the season with a muscle tear.

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