Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, has pledged to stop Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi when both sides face in the champions league semifinals.
The two sides will meet at the Camp Nou for the first leg of the semifinals. Neuer and Messi will face each other for the first time, since they played at opposite ends of the pitch in the world cup of 2014.
The German keeper has nothing but respect for the Argentine, but feels he can keep the forward quiet again.
“I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble,” Neuer told L’Equipe.
“But it’s crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who’s boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.
“We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect.
“We have to make good use of our physical presence, our character and show a certain ruthlessness.”
Two years ago, Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the champions league semifinals.