Despite his team losing 3-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semis, Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia is confident that they will be able to come back and get to the finals.
Benatia said he believes that his team will be able to overtake the Barcas by winning 4-0. “It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure, but if we don’t believe we can do it, we should stay at home, shouldn’t we?” Benatia remarked. “I believe we can do it, because we also have great players and the ability to play better.”
The 29-year old defender explained that the key for them to be able to pull off the feat is to score early. Pep Guardiola’s squad also needs to play with their best performance, he said. Bayern is no stranger to doing such as spectacular turnaround, as the team already did it during the quarterfinals round, where they lost to Porto 3-1 in the first leg, but dished out a healthy 6-1 beating to the Dragons in the second.
However, Benatia acknowledge that Barcelona will not go down easily. He said the Barcas’ top players Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez can easily rally the squad back to an powerful offense. The three players proved to be the thorn in Bayern’s neck during the first leg, with Messi showing a spectacular performance that saw him get back to back goals in just four minutes.
Benatia also admitted that there really came short against the opponent in the first leg. “Even if we defended well, even if we were in the game at certain moments, we unfortunately conceded three costly goals,” he pointed out.
However, Bayern is likely to go into the second leg one man short, as Frank Ribery is sidelined for two weeks to give way for him to rest his injured ankled. He is also expected to miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season.