Arjen Robben has admitted his surprise at Bayern Munich's 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Gerard Pique is fully confident Barcelona can recover from their first-leg defeat at Bayern Munich to make the UEFA Champions League final.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has promised that his side will "fight to the end" of their UEFA Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Jupp Heynckes has encouraged Bayern Munich to show consistency as they eye a place in the UEFA Champions League final.The newly crowned Bundesliga champions eased to a 4-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg at the Allianz Arena and, although many believe Bayern have a big enough advantage to be confident of their place in the Wembley showpiece, Heynckes is keen for his side to ensure that do not fall victim to a dramatic comeback in Wednesday's second leg at the Camp Nou.
Andres Iniesta insists Barcelona are not ready to be toppled from their perch as the kings of European football.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes paid tribute to his players for executing his game plan 'brilliantly' on Tuesday.Heynckes said the sensational 4-0 trouncing of Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final was a coach's dream.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge could not contain his delight after watching his side cruise past Barcelona.The newly-crowned German champions produced a solid defensive display and combined it with some scintillating attacking moves that went a long way to sealing their place in the UEFA Champions League final.
Bayern Munich grabbed a strong hold of their UEFA Champions League semi-final with Barcelona thanks a 4-0 first-leg victory at the Allianz Arena.
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura is hopeful Lionel Messi will recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has insisted that retaining possession will be key to his side beating Bayern Munich.
The sides go head to head at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
And the Spaniard believes that preventing the hosts from having the ball is vital for the Catalan outfit.
"I think that having the ball is going to be a key part of the game," he told reporters.
"That’s the best scenario. The worst scenario is not having the ball. When we don’t have the ball for long periods of time we can get dozy.
"Tomorrow we’ll be having possession of the ball for long periods of ball and imposing our personality. Bayern are a very complete team, but we know how to play against them. We really want to win."
The 33-year-old went on to acknowledge the strength of Barcelona's opponents but underlined the need for an away goal.
"I think this tie is at 50/50, but we will try to play our style. We know that it is very important to attack right from the start," he added.
"It is important to get an away goal, it's vital. They'll try and impose their game, which is quite similar to ours, but we'll see what happens on the pitch."
Barca could clinch the Liga title next week when they take on Athletic Bilbao but the playmaker says that the Champions League is equally important to his team-mates.
"The league is very important, yes, it’s the title that you play for every week," Xavi continued.
"We said it’s the most important title for us. But the Champions League is a title that really motivates us. We’re in the semi-finals and we want to show our very best."
Bayern Munich captain Phillipp Lahm is excited for a "football party" in the UEFA Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona at the Allianz Arena.After beating Juventus in the quarter-finals the German champions were drawn with the Catalan giants and Lahm insists he and his team-mates are ready for one of the biggest games of their season.
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has heaped praise on Barcelona ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.The 67-year-old admitted facing the Catalan giants was a daunting task given their recent dominance in Europe, and spoke of his admiration for the whole set-up the club have in place to develop their stars.
Barcelona are set to welcome back Lionel Messi for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich.The Spanish giants are expected to be bolstered by the return of playmaker Messi, who has missed their last two La Liga fixtures, against Real Zaragoza and Levante, with a hamstring injury.
Dani Alves has stressed that Lionel Messi has 'magical' importance to Barcelona and is key to the Catalans' chances of success.The Spanish giants were heading for a Champions League exit against Paris Saint-Germain a fortnight ago before Messi came off the bench and proved instrumental in Tito Vilanova's side progressing to the semi-finals.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel says Barcelona's home advantage in the second leg gives them the edge over Bayern Munich.The Dutch midfielder, who has represented both clubs, says there is little to choose between the two sides.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery believes Lionel Messi is in a class of his own ahead of his side's clash against Barcelona.The France international is regarded as one of the most exciting attacking players in the game, but even he concedes when it comes to skill, one diminutive dribbler stands head and shoulders above everyone else.
Lionel Messi has been included in the Barcelona squad for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Bayern Munich.The Argentine made his return from a hamstring strain in the Barca's 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, but was not risked in the subsequent La Liga clashes with Zaragoza and Levante.
Barcelona star Xavi is anticipating a 'brutal' encounter against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.Bayern warmed up for the semi-final tie with two consecutive 6-1 victories against Wolfsburg and Hannover in domestic competition.
Barcelona defender Adriano doubts he can compete in the air against Bayern Munich's forwards in the Champions League semi-final first leg.Should he feature in the heart of defence against the German side on Tuesday, the Brazilian could face the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro, all of whom are powerful target men that the full-back said he might struggle to contain.
PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel believes Barcelona or Bayern Munich will win this season's Champions League.The 35-year-old has enjoyed spells with both clubs during his career, conquering Europe with Barcelona in 2006.
David Villa says Barcelona are desperate to make it to the Champions League final at the expense of Bayern Munich.Barca defeated Paris Saint-Germain on away goals in the quarter-finals, booking a showdown with the newly crowned Bundesliga champions.
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer insists it would be disrespectful to ask Pep Guardiola for advice on how to beat Barcelona.With the former Barca boss preparing to take charge of the Bundesliga champions, there has been speculation the club could be tempted to turn to the 42-year-old as they look to beat his old club in the Champions League semi-finals.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is desperate to reach the Champions League final – and to face bitter rivals Real Madrid at Wembley.The La Liga giants take on Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the last four of the competition and, while he acknowledges the formidable task of defeating the newly crowned Bundesliga champions, the former Arsenal captain is keen for an El Clasico showdown in May.
Bayern Munich starlet Xherdan Shaqiri admits that it was tough to focus on their DFB Pokal semi-final ahead of the clash with Barcelona.The Bavarians were drawn against the La Liga outfit in the last four of the Champions League last Friday - with the first leg scheduled for April 23.
Lionel Messi is fit to face Bayern Munich in Barcelona's Champions League semi-final first leg on April 23.The 25-year-old was told at training on Tuesday he would be ready to play against the Bavarians next week with his hamstring problem a thing of the past.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has made it clear that he would prefer Johan Cruyff's advice over that of Pep Guardiola.The Bavarians were paired with Guardiola's former club in Friday's draw for the Champions League semi-finals but the 65-year-old feels the legendary Dutchman would be able to offer more information about Barca.
Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes their success has stemmed from a sense of harmony from within the dressing room.The Bavarians wrapped up the Bundesliga title last weekend and - with Jupp Heynckes' men still going strong in the Champions League as well as the DFB Pokal - there is growing belief that the German giants can achieve the treble this season.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his side are desperate to overcome Barcelona and reach the Champions League final.The German giants are on course for a famous treble having secured the Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win over Frankfurt on April 6.
Jupp Heynckes believes Pep Guardiola would reject the opportunity to help Bayern Munich with their upcoming clash with Barcelona.The former Barca coach will take the Allianz Arena reins in July after leaving Camp Nou last summer but the 68-year-old feels the Spaniard has too much respect for his old club.
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura is pleased his side have drawn Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.Barcelona drew 3-3 on aggregate with French club Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals but progressed on away goals.
Franz Beckenbauer says he would have preferred Bayern Munich be drawn against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-finals.Instead the new German champions will take on Barcelona, a team Beckenbauer described as 'the world's best club side', while Dortmund will play Real Madrid.
Former Barcelona boss Radomir Antic believes Bayern Munich was the worst possible Champions League semi-final opponent for his old side.The Bavarians have blazed into the final four, dispatching Italian champions Juventus with impressive ease to set up a mouth-watering clash with a side bidding for their third European Cup in five seasons.
Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta does not want the club getting ahead of themselves before their Champions League semi-final.The Spanish giants will tackle Bayern Munich over two legs for a chance to face off in another Champions League final at Wembley, the scene of their last triumph against Manchester United in 2011.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich players have expressed their excitement after being drawn against each other in the Champions League semi-finals.The draw in Switzerland on Friday morning saw the dominant forces of La Liga and the Bundesliga paired together, while the two sides who sit in second spot in those respective divisions, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, will contest the other last-four tie.
Jupp Heynckes has reacted angrily to suggestions he could consult Pep Guardiola about Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final with Barcelona.The former Barca boss will take over the reins at the Allianz Arena in the summer.
Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta wants his team to overcome Bayern Munich and seal a return to "a magical place", Wembley Stadium.Barca were drawn to face Bayern in the semi-finals of the Champions League, the prize on offer a final in London, the scene of the Catalan club's previous European Cup triumphs in 1992 and 2011.
Bayern Munich will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Real Madrid have been paired with Borussia Dortmund.Bayern, who defeated Juventus 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, have claimed the continent's top prize on five previous occasions and are desperate to atone for defeat in last year's tournament decider at home to Chelsea.
|01-05||Bayern domination amazes Robben|
|30-04||Pique ´100 percent´ confident Barca will turn Bayern tie around|
|30-04||Vilanova: Barcelona will fight to the end|
|30-04||Heynckes hoping for first leg repeat|
|26-04||Iniesta confident Barcelona are still on top|
|24-04||Tactics followed to perfection, says Heynckes|
|24-04||Rummenigge: Bayern thrashing Barcelona a ´dream´|
|23-04||UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0|
|22-04||Roura hopeful over Messi fitness|
|22-04||Xavi: Barcelona must keep the ball to beat Bayern|
|22-04||Lahm excited for ´football party´ with Barcelona|
|22-04||Heynckes admires Barcelona approach|
|22-04||UEFA Champions League Preview: Barcelona v Bayern Munich|
|22-04||Alves hails magical Messi|
|21-04||Barca hold edge over Bayern, says Van Bommel|
|21-04||Ribery hails ´extraordinary´ Messi|
|21-04||Messi in Barca squad for Munich|
|21-04||Xavi ready for ´brutal´ Bayern clash|
|20-04||Adriano ready for aerial challenge|
|19-04||Van Bommel: Bayern, Barca favourites|
|19-04||Villa targets Wembley return|
|18-04||Sammer: Guardiola ´has Barcelona in his heart´|
|18-04||Fabregas wants El Clasico final|
|17-04||Shaqiri admits to Barcelona distraction|
|16-04||Messi passed fit for Bayern semi-final|
|16-04||Heynckes prefers Cruyff input to Pep|
|15-04||Rummenigge: Happy players created success|
|14-04||Bayern turn attention to Barcelona|
|13-04||Pep talk not viable, says Heynckes|
|13-04||Roura relishes Bayern semi battle|
|13-04||Beckenbauer wary of Barca|
|13-04||Antic: Bayern ´worst possible´ draw for Barca|
|13-04||Zubizarreta wants full focus on Bayern|
|12-04||Iniesta excited by Bayern clash|
|12-04||Heynckes: I would never ask Guardiola for help|
|12-04||Zubizarreta plots Wembley return|
|12-04||Barca to play Bayern, Real meet Dortmund|