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Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez has said he expects Lionel Messi will be fit for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Bayern Munich, despite the Argentinian maestro's hamstring woes.
Messi missed Saturday's laboured 1-0 win against Levante and two games before that for the Spanish league champions-elect since coming on to help inspire his side in their quarter-final second-leg with Paris Saint-Germain.
"He's very important for our attack and you could see we missed him in our last few games," said Xavi.
"I am sure he will be at his best so we can again see what an awesome player he is. It's important to have him in our ranks and it will have an influence on Bayern Munich if he plays.
Barcelona are competing in a record sixth successive Champions League semi-final and are looking to lift the trophy for the third time in five seasons after their successes in 2009 and 2011.
"We'll attack, we don't know how to play any ot...
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Today’s game sees Bayern Munich host Barcelona in what should be an entertaining match. This is an encounter worthy of final that footy fans are fortunate to see played over two games. Each is team is no stranger to this competition, both Bayern and Barcelona have lifted the trophy four times, with Barcelona having done so twice in the last four years. And to little surprise...
Lionel Messi says Barcelona must not give up hope in the Champions League semifinals after being overwhelmed 4-0 at Bayern Munich in the first leg.
Messi says the return leg at the Camp Nou next week will be ''a very tough match'' given the seemingly insurmountable four-goal difference, but ''you have to go for it and try to achieve it. They are very good...
Lionel Messi has insisted he was fit to face Bayern Munich and has vowed to help Barcelona respond to their heavy defeat in Germany.
The Spanish giants suffered a surprise 4-0 loss in their first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final and are now facing a huge uphill challenge to qualify.
Messi was a peripheral figure at the Allianz Arena and did not look as if he had recovered...
At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night, the German champion faces questions about a government investigation of club president Uli Hoeness for suspected tax evasion.
The newsmagazine Focus - whose publisher is a member of Bayern's board - reported...
At a time when Bayern Munich should be thinking about whether Lionel Messi is healthy enough to play, the new German champion has been rocked by a huge distraction before its Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.
Reports over the weekend that the club's president, Uli Hoeness, is under investigation for suspected tax evasion have dominated German headlines, nearly overshadowing...
The Bundesliga Champions put one foot into the CL Final with a 4-0 mauling of Lionel Messi and Co. at the Allianz Arena on TuesdayThe post Knockout Blow? Bayern Munich Dismantle Barcelona In 1st Leg appeared first on The Soccer Daily.
Story lines aplenty
What does one expect when you have two sets of the games biggest rivals in the semi-finals of club football’s biggest competition? There has been no shortage of questions, story lines, and drama leading up to this weeks first leg fixtures.
Perhaps the biggest news came today, with Mario Götze reportedly agreeing to terms to play for Bayern Munich next year...