Barcelona are more than just Messi – Rafinha

The Brazilian says Bayern must take a risk against Luis Enrique’s in-form team on Tuesday and is confident they can still spring a surprise

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha has warned his team-mates not to become preoccupied with the thought of stopping Lionel Messi on Tuesday.

The Argentine scored twice in a devastating final 13 minutes in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final as Barca raced into a 3-0 first-leg lead.

Rafina, however, says it would be dangerous to forget about the strength across the Blaugrana team sheet when they attempt to overturn the deficit at the Allianz Arena this week.

“Everyone knows how good Messi is. Of course we wanted to stop him, a player like him can decide games on his own,” the 29-year-old told a press conference. “But Barcelona are not just Messi. They have a great team, just think about Luis Suarez.

“For 77 minutes last week we played very well, defended very well. After that we made some mistakes and we paid for that. Now we are going to try to score three or four goals – perhaps we will even have to take it to extra-time.

“Against players like this you take a risk by playing with just three at the back, but we will do what the coach says. It’s the details which will decide games like these.”

Rafinha is adamant Bayern can consider their season a success regardless of the result on Tuesday but feels their stunning comeback against Porto should give them hope of keeping their European dreams alive.

“If we are German champions, that means this has been a great season for us. We are still in semi-finals of the Champions League. We had had bad luck with injuries, and of course we wanted to go to the DFB-Pokal final, too.

“We did not expect to be 3-0 down at this stage, but we have another game, and when we are at out stadium we will have shown that we can score a lot of goals.”

Get Adobe Flash player

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.