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.

Muller: I have a great relationship with Van Gaal

The Germany international says the bond between the pair “goes beyond what is normal between a player and a coach”

Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has revealed the strength of his relationship with Louis van Gaal but played down talk of joining him at Manchester United.

The Dutchman spent two years in charge at the Allianz Arena and handed the Germany international a starring role in his 2009-10 double-winning side.

Last summer there were rumours Van Gaal had made the 25-year-old one of his priority signings upon taking over at Old Trafford, but Muller says he will honour his contract with Bayern.

“It’s a secret for nobody,” he is quoted as saying by The Independent.

“Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes beyond that which is normal between a player and a coach.

“However, I have a contract wtih Bayern until 2017.”

Guardiola rejects City talk: I will be at Bayern next season

The 44-year-old has been closely linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena of late but insists that he wants to see out his contract in Bavaria

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that he has no intention of moving to Manchester City at the end of the season.

The Bavarians have struggled of late, losing their last four games in all competition, sparking talk that he could move elsewhere at the end of the season.

Former Bayern and City midfielder Dietmar Hamann claimed that he was already in advanced talks with the deposed English champions but the 44-year-old says he has no intention of leaving.

“I have one year left on my contract. I’ll stay here next season. That is all,” he insisted at a press conference.

One of the games Bayern lost recently was the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou.

The German champions face the Allianz Arena return on Tuesday and Guardiola feels that his side must not go out all guns blazing against Luis Enrique’s men.

“We must be patient. We can’t do everything in the first 15 to 20 minutes. First we must play football, then we’ll see what happens.

“It’s not easy to take play catch up and control the game. We’ll try.

“They have a 3-0 advantage but it’s just a game. We’ll give it a try and focus on playing our game, not just the result.

“I’m not thinking about what happens if Barca score. If they score one, we’ll need five. Barca have scored 27 goals in their last seven games and have conceded none.

“We must try to have more of the ball than they do.”