Pique certain Barcelona will beat Bayern

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has declared that his side will beat Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Pique towers over both Messi and Alba

By FOX SPORTS Staff

Bayern routed Barcelona 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in the first-leg of the semi-final to put themselves in pole position to progress to the Champions League final.

Barcelona were brutally exposed by the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions that night, and with the commanding lead Die Roten currently hold, many expect the Blaugrana's exit from the competition be confirmed on Wednesday when both teams meet again at the Nou Camp for the second-leg.

However, a confident Pique believes his talented side can not only beat Bayern in the return leg of the semi-final tie but also overturn the result and secure progress into the final of the competition.

"Our team has great players," Pique was quoted as saying by the official Champions League website. 

"When I go onto the pitch and see Leo [Messi], Xavi [Hernández], Cesc [Fàbregas] and so on, I know we will win the match."

Pique also tipped Messi to make a positive difference for Barcelona but stressed that everyone on the team needed to do their part in order for them to stand a chance of reaching the final.

"We know what Messi means - he's the best in the world and to have him in the team is great news," Pique added.

"We need everyone, especially him. We will need to be very attacking and have Messi involved a lot. All our attackers need to be incisive, generate lots of chances and be strong in midfield.

"We need the fans to back us and to make us feel like we aren't already out of the Champions League. The fans are grateful to this team and they deserve us to play well.

"If we can do it [and progress to the final], it'll be a great achievement, but it [means] nothing if you reach the final and lose."

The Spain international insisted the Blaugrana were psychologically ready for their clash with Bayern and pinpointed the importance of an early goal.

"We need to score as early as possible, to get more and more confident," Pique declared.

"After losing 4-0 you doubt yourself, but as days go by, you suddenly believe you can do it. 

"Football is very psychological. We have 90 minutes to hit Bayern psychologically, with the help of the fans. 

"They could also score a goal and then for us to score six is a lot harder - but we believe.

While Barcelona have usually been irrepressible in attack, their defence has come under scrutiny in recent times for a series of questionable displays.

However, Pique remained adamant that his side's defensive work were beyond reproach and vowed to produce a masterclass performance on Wednesday.

"The defenders have always been there when we've needed them in the big games," Pique mused.

"We didn't concede at home to Milan and [only once] against Paris Saint-Germain FC. This team has a strong personality when we need it. 

"People can rely on this team and I can promise the defence will play well.

"When we know opponents are good at set pieces, we have to be very focused on that. 

"We know we're not as good as Bayern from corners, but you can't always control those situations. We know we have to avoid giving them away. 

"The more attacking you are, the bigger the risk you take and the more goals you concede. In recent years, though, we have proved we can beat anyone, in any situation.

The winner of this semi-final will go on to meet Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on May 25.



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