Mehdi Benatia is adamant that Bayern Munich can overturn a three-goal deficit in next week’s Champions League second-leg showdown with Barcelona but conceded that Pep Guardiola’s men will have produce “the perfect game” to progress to the final.
The German titleholders suffered a shock 3-0 loss at Camp Nou on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi netting a sensational double before Neymar struck in the dying seconds to seemingly end the last-four tie as a contest.
However, Benatia insists that all is not lost and is taking heart from the fact that Bayern hammered Porto 6-1 at the Allianz Arena in the quarter-finals, having lost the first leg 3-1.
“It is not easy, but if we do not believe, we can all stay at home,” the defender is quoted as saying by L’Equipe.
“We also have great players and the ability to play better.
“If we get our shots away quicker, we will score. We can win 4-0.
“But we need the perfect game and to go in there and get ahead early.
“We have shown that we can score goals at home, even though we have not played against Barca yet.”
Bayern are hoping to avoid bowing out at the same stage of the Champions League for the second successive season, with the Bavarians having been routed 5-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid in last year’s semis.