Bayern Munich’s skipper, Manuel Neuer has vowed to stop Barcelona attacker, Lionel Messi when they meet in the Champions League semi-finals today.
The 2014 Ballon d’Or nominee believes he can replicate his performance at the World Cup in the game and silence the world best footballer.
He told L’Equipe, “I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble. 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.”
Although the German international foresees a tough game he’s confident his team will perform well.
“We know that we face a tough task, but I am confident we will get our chances.” He added.