Benatia: No respect for Messi-Suarez-Neymar

The Morocco international is relishing the battle with Barcelona’s forward line as he sets his sights on a spot in the final in Berlin

Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia says all respect will go out of the window when he faces Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

The Catalans’ forward line has already netted over 100 goals in all competitions in 2014-15 and Barcelona will be hopeful they can add to their tally when they meet Bayern in the Champions League semi-finals.

Nevertheless, Benatia has made it clear that he will not be overawed by Barcelona’s attacking prowess ahead of Wednesday’s first leg.

“I have met Suarez before with Udinese in the Europa League, when he still played for Liverpool. I have never faced Messi and Neymar before, but there’s a first time for everything,” Benatia told Kicker.

“On a personal level, I respect them. But I will not show them any respect during the 90 minutes on the pitch.

“We will do everything within our power to make it to the final of the Champions League.

“Wednesday’s first leg will be a great game. We are capable of getting a good result at Camp Nou and should believe in ourselves.”

Bayern and Barcelona last met in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2012-13, when the Bavarians recorded a 7-0 win on aggregate.

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