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LdC, Bayern: without Messi, Neuer expects a less predictable Barça

While Bayern Munich will move to the Camp Nou lawn, this Tuesday at 9 p.m., to face FC Barcelona on the first day of the Champions League group stage, Manuel Neuer was present at the traditional pre-match press conference. The opportunity for the Bavarian doorman to express himself on this Barça “new-look”, orphan of Antoine Griezmann but especially of their living legend Lionel Messi. And for the Bayern captain, the task may be even more difficult …

“Barcelona will never be a weak team, for many in the world it is special to play for this club, to represent it on the European stage. It’s the Champions League! We don’t expect to face a lesser team. And it doesn’t matter that they lost several important players, we have a lot of respect for Barca and their players. We know what they are capable of. It is unusual and it will be for many to play Barça without Messi, it will also be the case for the supporters who will no longer see him on the pitch but I would not say that it makes us more serene. They have good players, good attackers. They are less predictable than with Messi on the pitch and it will be more difficult for us. Roles and responsibilities will be more distributed, we will see how it goes. But when you play against Barça, you can’t be relaxed! You are just focused ”, declared Manuel Neuer.

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