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The Bavarian midfielder has admitted that his side can count themselves extremely fortunate not to be handed an even heavier beating last week in the Champions League.

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Bayern Munich were taught a footballing lesson last Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they were mauled 4-0 by Barcelona in the first leg at the Camp Nou.

Dutch midfielder, Mark van Bommel was hopelessly ran ragged in the centre of the park by the irresistible Blaugrana attack and he confessed that his side were always prone to a beating with the pre-game mentality that they had.


“We went to the Camp Nou and played with fear when clearly you cannot do that against a team like Barca. I think we were lucky to only lose 4-0 before the break,” he said in an interview with RAC-1.

The 31-year-old, however, is confident that Bayern can make amends for their embarrassing first leg showing with a win at the Allianz Arena in the return clash on Tuesday.

“We are going to try to win, but going through to the semi-finals will be very difficult. Besides, our home fans are very upset with us,” he acknowledged.

“Barca have a lot of quality and they proved that against Recreativo [Huelva]. I saw the match and even though they changed five players, they were still playing at a high level.”

Van Bommel then went on to praise three Blaugrana players he believes will be the key to the Catalan giants’ march towards Champions League glory.

“Messi is only 21-years-old and he is already the best in the world,” the Dutchman enthused. “And every year he continues to improve. Then there’s Xavi and Iniesta.

“Barcelona are lucky because it’s very difficult to have two big players emerge from the youth system around the same time.”

KS Leong, Goal.com

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