Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia is looking forward to his club Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Barcelona on Wednesday night, stating that he does not fear the incredible attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, which he will need to defend against in the encounter.
The Blaugrana will welcome FC Hollywood to the Nou Camp, with the Germans aiming to contend against the incredibly fast and skilful attacking line that the Spanish have at their disposal.
A great deal has been made of the attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar, who have scored over 100 goals combined so far this season, backed up by the talents of Andres Iniesta and Ivan Raketic. With that kind of talent up front, Barca will be a very difficult team to negotiate, and the pressure will be on Bayern’s defenders.
The 28-year-old former Roma and Udinese defender is well aware of the capabilities of the Barcelona attackers, but he is not fearful of facing them in Champions League action.
“I certainly respect those players, but I’m not scared,” Benatia told the official Bundesliga website.
“I’ve played against Suarez in the Europa League when I was at Roma and he was at Liverpool so I already know him. Jerome Boateng and I are a strong defensive duo and if we manage to stay focused throughout the game we’ll manage to do well at Camp Nou. I’m absolutely positive,” he added.
Benatia joined the German champions in 2014, and since then has done well to prove his worth to coach Pep Guardiola. He says that he is focused on this match, and does not want to look ahead to the final just yet.
“I joined Bayern eight months ago to finally play in the Champions League, but also to win this competition. We definitely have the potential. However, I don’t have dreams and I’m not looking beyond the semis right now, although winning the Champions League is one of my biggest goals,” the defender said.