Bayern Munich are serious contenders for Champions League glory, but Luis Suarez says Barcelona’s quarter-final with them will be 50-50.
Barcelona have no reason to be afraid of their next Champions League opponents in Bayern Munich says Luis Suarez.
A 3-1 victory over Napoli at the Nou Camp was enough to send Barca through on a 4-2 aggregate scoreline.
In similar fashion, Bayern Munich made light-weight of Chelsea as they cruised past the English side via a 7-1 aggregate score after both legs.
Luis Suarez will now lead the line when Barcelona and the Bundesliga Champions meet at the Estadio da Luz on Friday.
Given their recent displays, many see Bayern Munich as huge favourites to win the competition this time. But given the new one-legged formats, the Barcelona forward insists there is an equal chance for both sides.
“Everyone has a chance in a single game, it’s 50-50,” Suarez said as quoted by Marca.
“Bayern are a great opponent, they are a contender for the title, like all of the eight in Lisbon, but it is 11 against 11 for 90 minutes.
“You have to play the games to see which team does thing better to advance to the semi-finals.”
Suarez also added on how Barcelona prepared for their Napoli fixture and never expected an easy run-out.
“It’s what we wanted. For two weeks since La Liga ended we’ve been preparing for the match knowing the difficulty of an opponent who made things tough for us in the first leg,” said Suarez in a TV interview.
“The important thing is that we qualified and now think about the next opponent.”
An heavy-weight clash is now upon us when Barcelona and Bayern Munich lock horns later this week.