The Chilean will rise against his former club when the two European heavyweights meet in Lisbon’s Champions League quarterfinals.
Arturo warns Bayern Munich
Arturo Vidal has informed Bayern Munich to expect a more stringent test than usual when they face Barcelona on Friday. The Chilean will rise against his former club when the two European heavyweights meet in Lisbon’s Champions League quarterfinals. “Friday is the most major match of the season,” Vidal said in his pre-match press conference. “We hope to get through. Bayern comes from the other side of a spectacular season – they are cup and Bundesliga champions. We know it won’t be easy, but it will be a great game. If we do what we have to, we will go through. It’ll be a tight game.”
Bayern figures such as Lothar Matthaus have hinted that the German side are firm favorites for the clash. “I didn’t pay much attention to the comments because I know the people at Bayern and what they say from the court is not what the players think,” Vidal added.
“They are confident but need to know that they will not play against a Bundesliga team on Friday. They will play against Barcelona.” Vidal also addressed the pessimism surrounding Barcelona’s chances of progressing. “I know the fans have their doubts, he continued. “We are the best team in the world, but we didn’t serve that and lost LaLiga. We have Leo Messi and other top players, and we want to show that.” Robert Lewandowski’s recent form saw him mentioned in the same breath as Messi. “Lewandowski is extraordinary, indefatigable, and very dangerous,” Vidal said of his former teammate. “I saw how he grew up, how he prepared, and it will be challenging to mark him.” It is tough to compare him to Leo because Messi is from another planet.”