Barcelona eager to keep a lid on Bayern

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May 12, 2015 10:41:55 UK

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says his players will have to weather a storm if they are to finish the job in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The Spanish outfit head to the Allianz Arena with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first meeting at the Nou Camp last week, a Lionel Messi brace and an injury-time goal from Neymar allowing Barca to take a step closer to an eighth European Cup final.

However, Enrique is urging on the side of caution ahead of the return leg having seen Bayern Munich overcome a two-goal deficit in the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Porto.

On that occasion the Bundesliga champions won 6-1, a result which made them the highest scoring side in the Champions League this season.

Barcelona also do not have a great record in Munich having lost 4-0 on their last visit, with Bayern 41.00 to repeat that scoreline on Tuesday night.

Enrique is expecting former Blaugrana player and manager, Pep Guardiola, to send his Bayern side out all guns blazing to get back into the tie and has warned his players not to let the game get out of control.

“We know how big Bayern Munich are and we will have to be at our best to progress,” said Enrique.

“It won’t be an easy game and we will have to suffer. If we take the lead it would be good for us, but Bayern has the quality to score and they caused us problems in Barcelona.

“They will be at home and will have the crowd behind them, but we are on a good run and hope to take our chances. We don’t want the game to turn into a crazy one and we have to use our weapons to hurt our rivals.”

Barcelona, who have not conceded a goal in their last seven matches, head to Germany with a fully fit squad to choose from after Jeremy Mathieu returned to training.

In contract, Guardiola will have to cope without David Alaba, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery again due to the trio being sidelined through injury.

Bayern are 2.50 to win the game, with Barcelona 2.80 in the full time result market. The draw is 3.75.

Don’t forget, if the match finishes 0-0, bet365 will refund all pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Scorecast bets with our fantastic Bore Draw Money Back offer. T & Cs apply.

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