The Germany international thinks ‘it’s a shame’ that his side will go against a Blaugrana that does not have Lionel Messi anymore.
The Champions League football will begin next week, withBarcelona
locking horns at Camp Nou in the first week.
The two parties will face off on Tuesday but there is no high expectation around Ronald Koeman’s side, which is due to
’s departure this summer. Antoine Griezmann’s leave has also put Barcelona in a difficult spot.
Before Tuesday’s clash,
revealed that he is careful as he goes against the unfamiliar team with his side, even if it means he missed a chance to face Messi.
“In general, it’s a shame that he is not there. When you play against a team that has Leo Messi, it’s something that gives additional motivation to everyone because we know what he has achieved,”
he said, as cited by
“I have to admit that, actually, I cannot assess Barcelona. Without doubt, without Messi, they will be a different team.
“It’s possible that without Messi they will have a player with more defensive contributions.
“I don’t know what awaits us. In any case, it’s a marvellous stadium and a great club.”
Both sides are trying to be better in the Champions League in the 2021-22 season as they have been eliminated at the hands of PSG last season.
Barca were defeated by PSG in the Round of 16, whereas Bayern Munich were beaten by the Ligue 1 side in the quarter-finals.