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Thomas Müller not sure what to expect from Barcelona

By Rune Gjerulff

Thomas Müller says he doesn't know how strong Barcelona are without Lionel Messi.

Thomas Müller.
Thomas Müller.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Ulrich Gamel

Bayern München star Thomas Müller has admitted he doesn't know what to expect from FC Barcelona now that Lionel Messi has left the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking ahead of Bayern München's group stage opener in Barcelona on Tuesday, Müller told Kicker:

"What could be better than being in Barcelona for the kick-off of a Champions League game?"

"I have to be honest: I don't know what to expect from Barcelona at all at the moment. Now without Messi, it will certainly be a different team.

"I don't know if they are missing him. Because it's possible that when Messi is not there, a player with a higher defensive work rate might play in his place. So I don't know what to expect there. In any case, it's a great stadium at a great club.

"But for the overall experience, it's a shame, of course. It gives you a kick when you play against a team with Lionel Messi because we all know what he has achieved and is achieving."

In addition to Barcelona, Bayern have been drawn against Benfica and Dynamo Kiev.

1Marc-André ter Stegen
4Ronald Araújo
3Gerard Piqué
24Eric García ↩66
5Sergio Busquets (C) ↩59
20Sergi Roberto ↩59
21Frenkie de Jong
16Pedro González López
18Jordi Alba ↩74
17Luuk de Jong ↩66
9Memphis Depay
26Iñaki Peña
11Yusuf Demir ↪59
2Sergino Dest
15Clément Lenglet
22Óscar Mingueza García ↪66
23Samuel Umtiti
31Alejandro Balde Martínez ↪74
6Ricard Puig Martí
14Philippe Coutinho ↪66
28Nicolás González Iglesias
30Pablo Martín Paez Gaviria ↪59
FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
5Benjamin Pavard ↩66
2Dayotchanculle Upamecano
4Niklas Süle ↩82
19Alphonso Davies
6Joshua Kimmich
8Leon Goretzka
42Jamal Musiala ↩70
25Thomas Müller ↩82
10Leroy Sané ↩82
9Robert Lewandowski
26Sven Ulreich
7Serge Gnabry ↪70
11Kingsley Coman ↪82
13E. Choupo-Moting
3Omar Richards
20Bouna Sarr
21Lucas Hernández ↪66
23Tanguy Nianzou
44Josip Stanisic ↪82
17Mickaël Cuisance
18Marcel Sabitzer ↪82
22Marc Roca

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