Jordi Roura is full of respect for Barcelona’s Champions League opponents Bayern Munich, believing that the semi-final result will depend on ‘minor details’.
La Blaugrana are in Germany this week for the first leg of their European last four clash against the Bavarians.
“This will be a very tight tie. It will be won because of minor details. We'll try to play our very best and do things correctly,” reflected Roura at today’s pre-match Press conference.
“It will be a very fast game and very intense. The team that imposes themselves on the game with have the advantage.
“We'll try and impose our rhythm, our pace and our intensity on the game. We know how difficult it's going to be.
“We know how good Bayern are. We know it will be difficult tomorrow and in the tie as a whole.
“Bayern have been very good in this competition. They are in great form and are a very strong team. We’re competitive and we’re getting a good feeling back and are really looking forward to it.
“Bayern are champions, we are not as we still need another six points. Looking at the long term, Bayern and Barcelona have played the most finals in recent years and this is our sixth semi-final on the trot so it shows how strong both clubs are.”
Pre-match scrutiny is on if Lionel Messi can prove his fitness in time to start for the visitors.
“In recent days [Lionel] Messi has been feeling good. I can’t say for sure how he will feel tomorrow.
“We’ll listen to the doctors and physios and make a decision tomorrow. If Leo [Messi] plays or doesn’t play it will make a different but that’s because he’s a special player.”
Adriano is suspended and Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano are absent through injury, meaning youngster Marc Bartra found start in defence.
“If Bartra plays it will be important for a young player like him to be as relaxed as possible.
“Xavi [Hernandez] is very important for us, he's getting back to his best form. He's always been an important players for us with his presence in midfield. It's important for us that he's on top of his game tomorrow.”