Julian Nagelsmann Press Conference: The last time FC Barcelona met FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, the encounter saw the Germans bring upon a humiliating 8-2 defeat upon the Catalans that haunts them till date. 2 years have now passed since that date and the two sides are set to meet again in the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22.
A Messi-less Barcelona is already struggling in it’s domestic league and moreover, they will be missing some of their most crucial players like Sergino Dest and Carlos Braithwaite in the match against the Bundesliga champions. The injury list of FC Barcelona ahead of their first UCL clash of the season, is long and they will have a hard time coping to play against the strong Bayern side that will look to maintain its dominance against FC Barcelona.
However, FC Bayern Munich’s new coach Julian Nagelsmann thinks otherwise. According to the former Leipzig manager, FC Barcelona are still very strong without Lionel Messi and are capable of doing some serious damage in the first group stage game.
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What Julian Nagelsmann said
“They’ve no longer got someone as extravagant as Messi, but they have other players who can make a difference,” Julian Nagelsmann said in the Press Conference. “We are prepared for everything.
“I’m not of the opinion that they are a lot worse off now. [Whether we are] favourites or not favourites is always more of a media topic. Two world clubs are meeting.
“On the one hand, the form on the day will decide, but on the other hand, [there is] motivation – and that one will be extremely high with us.”
Unfortunately Ronald Koeman did not look much optimistic at the other camp. Speaking at the Press conference, he said “At Barcelona there is a really bad financial situation. The departures of Messi and Griezmann have caused us to adjust our goals.”
On being asked about having to kickoff the Champions League campaign without Messi, Ronald Koeman said, “A future without Messi? It’s difficult. We will miss him, because he’s the best player in the world.”
Despite recent rumours claiming that he has fallen apart with FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta, Ronald Koeman insisted things are alright between the two. “Right now, everything is fine with Laporta,” he said.
“Of course there are moments when you think: ‘Do I really want this?’, but in the end I want to succeed here as a coach. I will give it my all to make the grade,” he said.
“In the end, the President, the players and me, want the best for the club,” concluded the Gaffer.