Bernat: Barcelona attack nearly unstoppable

The left-back witnessed at first hand the strength of the club’s forward line as his side were well beaten at Camp Nou last week

Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat has acknowledged his side face a nearly impossible task to stop Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar on Tuesday night.

The Catalans’ frontline have already amassed over 100 goals in all competitions this season and overwhelmed Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final last week.

Messi score twice at Camp Nou before Neymar added a third, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side must produce one of Europe’s greatest ever comebacks if they are reach the final.

“Barcelona are nearly unstoppable going forward at the moment,” Bernat was quoted as saying by TZ.

“Their three attackers in particular have been in sublime form. We will have to make sure to keep a close eye on them.

“With players such as Messi, Suarez and Neymar, who are all very strong individually, you should always have some sort of extra safety net.

“You cannot afford to give them any space, they need only very little room to create something and become dangerous.

“We can only succeed if we don’t give them any time to think.”

Guardiola: I don't care about being the best

The coach says it’s “rubbish” to suggest he is even slightly concerned with being considered “the best coach in the world”

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists he doesn’t care one bit whether people regard him as the best in the world so long as his team is successful.

The 44-year-old is widely considered to be one of the game’s finest coaches after guiding Barcelona to 14 trophies during his four seasons in charge at Camp Nou.

He has enjoyed further success since taking over at Bayern in 2013, having won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal last season.

However, he has been criticised of late after overseeing a run of four straight defeats, including the 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of his side’s Champions League semi-final.

But ahead of Tuesday’s second leg, Guardiola made it clear that he had no interest in enhancing his own reputation.

“I’m not here to be considered the best coach in the world. That’s a load of rubbish,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“I’m happy here and I want to help this team. I gave my best at Barcelona and I’m doing the same now.

“If that’s not good enough for the fans, the journalists and the former players turned journalists, then I’m sorry. But I’m doing my best.”

Guardiola has been tipped to replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City coach this summer, but said on Monday that he would see out the final year of his contract with Bayern next season.

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.”

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Alaba: Bayern will win 4-0 – and I'll be back for the final

The injured Austrian is confident his team-mates can overturn their deficit to Barcelona, while Medhi Benatia insists they must believe they can go through

David Alaba is adamant Bayern Munich will win their Champions League semi-final second leg 4-0 against Barcelona.

A double from Lionel Messi and a late goal on the break from Neymar sealed an emphatic first-leg win for the Liga leaders to leave Pep Guardiola’s side needing a minor miracle to reach the final.

Alaba, who is currently sidelined through injury, has no doubt over his side’s ability to record another remarkable comeback and hopes to be fit for the showpiece in Berlin against either Real Madrid or Juventus.

“We’ll win 4-0 and I hope I’m fit to play the final in Berlin,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

Medhi Benatia, meanwhile, says his team-mates may as well not bother turning up for the game unless they believe they can overturn the aggregate deficit.

“It won’t be easy, but whomever doesn’t believe would be better off staying at home,” said the former Roma man.

“We’ve got a great team and we can score a bucketload at home. We’ve proven it.”

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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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