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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Luis Enrique: We must be at our best to beat Bayern

Although his side hold a 3-0 lead over Tuesday’s opponents, the Barcelona coach feels his side must be careful not to slip up against Pep Guardiola’s side

Luis Enrique says he wants Barcelona to repeat their performance from the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich when they line up for the return fixture on Tuesday.

Two goals from Lionel Messi and an injury time strike from Neymar saw Barca secure a 3-0 lead heading into the second-leg in Munich this week.

The Blaugrana coach has called for his side to put in a perfect display against the clinical side who humiliated his team at the same stage two years ago.

“We know how big Bayern Munich is and we will have to be at our best to progress,” he told reporters. “If we take the lead it would be good for us. But Bayern has the quality to score and they did cause us problems in Barcelona.

“The common objective is to go to the final. We don’t want the game to be a crazy one. We have to use our weapons to hurt our rivals.

“We want the game to be as similar as possible to the first leg. Everyone attacks and everyone defends. Bayern has a lot of potential to score goals. We will have to go out focused on the idea of winning.”

Muller: Bayern can shock world football

The Germany star says his side have nothing to lose as they approach the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against the Catalans

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller believes his side can make a statement to the world of football by overcoming Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola’s side’s chances of reaching the Champions League final are remote after they lost 3-0 in the first leg of the last-four tie at Camp Nou.

However, Muller is eyeing an ambitious second-leg comeback in Tuesday’s return game at the Allianz Arena, which he believes would shock the rest of Europe.

“I am netiher very euphoric nor very pessimistic,” he said at a press conference.

“We need to take our chances. Everyone knows that things were better before. We will have a plan.

“That first leg was a huge disappointment. But since we left Camp Nou we’ve wanted to make up for it. If we go through, it will be a statement for the world of football. This is the plan and it’s not stupid.

“In football, many things are possible. That’s why there’s still hope and we still believe in ourselves. We can’t expect things to go like against Porto. But that’s what we need.

“We have to find the right mix of better attacking and more calmness on the ball. The three-man defence was a risk against a three-man attack.

“The coach will prepare us well and the rest is will and support from the fans.”

Muller went on to add that the recent slump in form has not affected the mood of Guardiola.

“I haven’t noticed any difference. But of course, right after a decisive defeat the mood is not good.

“We have nothing to lose against Barca and this is how the players and the coach are approaching the match. We will give it a try, it is not over yet. We will give everything until the referee blows his whistle.”

Bayern Munich-Barcelona Preview: Rummenigge hoping for 'once in a century' performance

The Bavarians trail 3-0 from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and need a minor miracle to reach the final

Bayern Munich face a mammoth task in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona, with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting he is praying for a “once in a century” display.

In last week’s opening leg at Camp Nou, Bayern matched Barca for 75 minutes until Lionel Messi scored two brilliant goals before Neymar added a third to take control of the tie.

Bayern’s preparation for this clash has been less than ideal, with Pepe Reina – who started in goal in place of the rested Manuel Neuer on Saturday – lasting just 13 minutes before being sent off in their 1-0 home defeat to Augsburg.

However, having already been crowned Bundesliga champions, the defeat is of little consequence to Bayern, and chief executive Rummenigge is hoping his club can produce one of the great European comebacks.

“It is going to be very hard,” he said. “Barcelona were the favourites in the first place and after the game that status grew. This is normal when you get this sort of result.

“But nonetheless, it is the duty of Bayern Munich to put on their best performance on Tuesday. We will see if it will be enough. Our chances are very, very small, but in football there is always one game in a century where you can turn the tides.

“They are rare, I know, but it is our responsibility to give all we can. If it is not enough you can’t change it but you at least have to try.”

Although Bayern’s hopes of a treble have been dashed by last week’s defeat to Barca and a DFB-Pokal semi-final loss to Borussia Dortmund, Rummenigge believes 2014-15 will still go down as a success.

“If I was have write a report on our season so far, it would be very positive,” he added.

By contrast, Barca are very much on course for the treble, with a Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao to look forward to, while Saturday’s 2-0 win over Real Sociedad and Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia gave them a four-point lead at the top of La Liga with two matches remaining.

Luis Enrique’s men are on a blistering run of form at just the right time, winning all of their last eight matches, scoring 28 goals and keeping seven consecutive clean sheets.