Xavi: Barcelona will hog the ball to beat Bayern

The Catalan midfielder says possession will be vital against the German champions in the Champions League and is aware of the threat the Bavarians pose in their current form
Xavi has revealed that Barcelona intend to hog the ball to prevent Bayern Munich from beating them in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

The Blaugrana veteran thinks that his side will need to keep the ball as much as possible to protect themselves against the threat of die Roten who are in record-breaking form having stormed the Bundesliga title earlier this month.

"I think that having the ball is going to be a key part of the game," the 33-year-old told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

"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 and imposing our personality. Bayern are a very complete team, but we know how to play against them. We really want to win."

The Spanish international is wary of the threat of their German counterparts, saying they are probably the most in-form team in Europe.

"I think this tie is at 50-50, but we will try to play in 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."

The Liga leaders can clinch the Spanish title next weekend at Athletic Bilbao but the midfielder says European glory remains a key objective this term.

"The league is very important, yes, it’s the title that you play for every week," he 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."