Champions League

Neuer fires Messi warning

2015-05-05 14:34
Manuel Neuer (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes he can shut Lionel Messi out when his side takes on Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

The German shot-stopper's confidence stems from Messi's inability to breech his goal in the World Cup final in Brazil last year.

The pair do battle again on Wednesday in the first leg of the final four of Europe's premier club competition and Neuer says he is ready to show Messi who is boss once again.

"I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble," Neuer told L'Equipe.

"But it's crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who's boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.

"We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect.

"We have to make good use of our physical presence, our character and show a certain ruthlessness."

Die Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 over two legs in the semi-finals two seasons ago, but Neuer does not expect a similar result this time around.

"The game against Barcelona is a final before the final. Our goal is to make it to the showpiece in Berlin," he added.

"We dominated Barcelona in both legs in the semi-finals two years ago, but the situation has changed.

"This time, they have no injuries and Messi is back to his best, while we are misisng several key players,

"We know that we face a tough task, but I am confident we will get our chances."

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