Thiago excited by Camp Nou return

The Bayern Munich midfielder says it will be an honour to return to his old stomping ground when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is looking forward to returning to Camp Nou to take on Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

The two sides were drawn against each other on Friday, with the midfielder and coach Pep Guardiola coming up against their old side for the first time.

Thiago, who joined Barca at 14 before spending four years in the first team, is “honoured” to get another chance to play in the iconic stadium.

“Any other opponent would also have been very tough, but it’s an honour to play at Camp Nou,” he said. 

“We’ll do everything we can to get through and play for the European crown in Berlin.”

Bayern demolished Barca 7-0 on aggregate in the last four on their way to European glory in 2012-13, but Manuel Neuer believes those results count for nothing heading into this tie.

“We were always going to be drawn against a big name. There are no easy opponents in the semis, it’s all or nothing as of now,” he said. “We enjoyed it in the 2013 semi-finals against Barcelona and won both games comfortably, but it’s a completely new situation now and we’ll need two top performances if we’re to make the final.”

Barcelona will host the first leg on May 6, with the return leg taking place on May 12.