Barcelona not too confident ahead of Bayern clash – Mascherano

The midfielder has urged his side to forget about their lead from the first leg and see out the tie against Pep Guardiola’s side on Tuesday

Javier Mascherano has admitted that Barcelona are not too confident heading into Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg with Bayern Munich, despite holding a 3-0 lead from the first game against the German side.

A Lionel Messi double followed by a strike from Neymar gave Barca the advantage in the tie as the sides battle for a place in the final.

Mascherano, though, feels his side must forget about their lead when the game starts and look to prevent Bayern from getting anything from the game in Munich.

“I think we need to forget that we are leading 3-0, we have to try to win this match. We know that we are doing well in the league. If we try something different in this competition, we would be making a mistake. 

“We are not excessively confident about what could happen in the game – they are going to try everything to progress.

“Tomorrow’s game is really exciting for us. Playing in the Champions League final is a dream.”

The Argentine midfielder has urged his side to put in the perfect performance against Pep Guardiola’s men as they look to become one of Europe’s greatest sides.

“We will attack because we do not know how to play any other way – it’s the club philosophy. To reach the final in Berlin, we will have to play the perfect game, because Bayern will demand it of us. 

“This Barca team is aiming to become a great side. We are on the way and let’s hope we can get there. We are very competitive, we want to win titles – we are 90 minutes away from the final. We will do everything to fulfill our dream. If you get to this stage, every mistake can be punished – we have to take it step by step tomorrow.

“I don’t know how Bayern will line up. But I expect a hungry Bayern team, right from the start. They will try to score, we know how they play at home. But we are prepared for everything, nothing will surprise us. If we just defend they will come to us – now we are in the semi-final, it would be a mistake just to defend.”

Mascherano was then asked about his thoughts on his team-mate Lionel Messi, who he hailed as a unique player.

“I am a huge fan of Messi – I enjoy watching him. You can’t compare him to anyone. For me he is the best player of all time.”

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