Dani Alves has claimed that Bayern Munich would have wanted to avoid Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final draw and says the teams are well matched ahead of the tie.

Barcelona will be up against a formidable foe in the form of Bayern Munich. The German giants have already won the Bundesliga with a record six games to spare, and apart from the second leg loss against Arsenal, have cruised through the qualifying stages of the esteemed Champions League.

By contrast, Barcelona have not been playing at their usual standards in recent weeks and, incredibly, will go into the match as underdogs. 

The Catalan club are however also on the brink of tying up their domestic league and Alves is confident about the game at the Allianz Arena.

He told Spanish newspaper El Pais: "The people are scared but I like difficult things, I like to face the best.

“The goal we have is to reach the final and we need to show that we deserve it. If we don't, we will be out.

"We are going to have a very difficult rival in front of us. But, without doubt, if you asked them they would not have chosen Barcelona. We are equal."

Alves also remarked on the fatigue that impacts on a team after having to compete domestically in La Liga and on the European stage, especially for a club like Barcelona where only the best is accepted from players.

"The wear of playing all the games takes its toll. The physical and mental demands are huge and you arrive at the point when you are a little below your normal level.

"What we can't ever do is doubt our own chances, because at the end of the day it is everyone against Barca.

"Barca have extended a little more the greatness of this side. At the slightest opportunity everyone is waiting to say that the cycle has ended.

"If we hadn't won anything, no one would speak. But we have become a great side, one considered to be the best of the decade.

"This bothers people. Now we need to keep going because we are the ones who have achieved it and are happy."

Lionel Messi is set to play in the fixture and could make all the difference for the Catalans. Messi has not played since coming off the bench to lead Barcelona to a victory over Paris St-Germain but has travelled to Germany with the team. 


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