Thomas Muller says ‘it’s a shame’ Bayern Munich will face a Barcelona side without Lionel Messi.
The two serial title-winning clubs face off on Tuesday night, though expectation is not particularly big around Barca.
But ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Catalonia, Bayern star Muller is cautious given the unfamiliar team that awaits him and his teammates, even if he is disappointed not have the opportunity of taking on Messi.
“In general, it’s a shame that he is not there. When you play against a team that has Leo Messi, it’s something that gives additional motivation to everyone because we know what he has achieved,” he said, as cited by Mundo Deportivo.
“I have to admit that, actually, I cannot assess Barcelona. Without doubt, without Messi, they will be a different team.
“It’s possible that without Messi they will have a player with more defensive contributions.
“I don’t know what awaits us. In any case, it’s a marvellous stadium and a great club.”
Both of these clubs will be hoping to improve in the Champions League this year having both crashed out against PSG last term.
Barca were comfortably beaten by the Ligue 1 giants in the Round of 16, while Bayern became PSG’s victims in the quarter-finals, losing on away goals.