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Manuel Neuer: 'Barcelona will never be weak'

By Rune Gjerulff

Barcelona are not a weak side just because Lionel Messi is no longer at the club, says Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.

Manuel Neuer.
Manuel Neuer.

Bayern München captain Manuel Neuer has warned that FC Barcelona are not an easy side to play against despite Lionel Messi's departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

"Barcelona will never be weak," Neuer said ahead of Bayern's Champions League opener with Barcelona tonight.

"The players will all be trying to take on more responsibility now that Messi isn't there anymore. It's obviously an unfamiliar situation for every team that lines up against Barcelona now."

The last time the two teams met was in 2020 when Bayern thrashed the Catalan side 8-2 in a memorable game.

"We'll obviously never forget our game in 2020, but these are two new group stage games and we're looking forward to two big ones," said Neuer.

"It's a cracker to kick things off in the UCL and we're excited to start our journey in this season's competition."

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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