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Barcelona will try every trick in the book, warns Bayern Munich legend

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Barcelona have a mountain to climb in the second leg (©GettyImages)
Barcelona have a mountain to climb in the second leg (©GettyImages).

Barcelona were beaten convincingly by an in-form Bayern Munich side when they travelled to the Allianz Arena last week.

The Catalan club’s pride suffered a rather large dent when the seemingly superior German side beat them 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. However, Franz Beckenbauer believes the Spanish team will look to overturn that deficit and restore their pride by any means necessary.

The former player, coach and president of the German giants told Bild: "Barca will try everything to throw Bayern off balance.

“They will deploy all methods, anything that's allowed and anything that's forbidden. They will defend themselves because their pride has been hurt.”

It looks unlikely that the Catalans will overturn such a huge deficit against a team that secured a very early Bundesliga title and are on course for an unprecedented German club treble.

Bayern Munich will be confident that they can hold their own when they travel to the Camp Nou and advance to the final, where their most likely opponents are domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund, who swept aside Real Madrid in a 4-1 victory in the other semi-final.

If Barcelona fail to come back against the Germans, Bayern will enter their third final in four years. The Bavarians will try to silence their critics after being labelled ‘Champions League chokers’ by producing a win against Jurgen Klopp’s impressive Dortmund side – or, of course, Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho’s side are able to pull off the equally daunting task of overturning their 4-1 deficit.

But Beckenbauer warns that Bayern will have to keep focused as Barcelona won’t make it easy in their backyard.

"Barca will try to take Bayern's eyes off their game plan with one-on-one duels. The Bayern players should not be drawn into personal battles," the 67-year-old, who won three consecutive European Cups with Bayern in the 1970s, added.

"They will not surrender, they will provoke, they will try all the tricks in the book.”

 

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