Muller expects stronger Messi

Thomas Muller believes Bayern Munich will face a tougher test against Lionel Messi on Wednesday when they play Barcelona.

Returning from injury in time for the Champions League semi-final first leg in Germany last Tuesday, a subdued Messi did little in the Catalans’ 4-0 defeat.

However, Muller, who scored twice in the first leg win, anticipates a different version of the Argentine this week.

“Everyone knows that [Lionel Messi] is the fulcrum of their team. If you score 50 goals every season, then it's clear the team depends on you,” reflected the attacking midfielder to reporters today.

“I don't really know what his situation was in the first game in terms of fitness, but he came off the bench at the weekend and scored a great goal.

“I think we'll be much busier with him, in this game.

“Barca will go even more energetically for goal, and play passes into deep areas.

“We want to keep the ball as far away as possible from our own goal again, and put in a huge amount of work with all 11 men.”

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