A big Champions League semi-final clash against Lionel Messi is enough to bring any goalkeeper out in a sweat, but not Manuel Neuer.
The Bayern Munich stopper said he was ready for the Barcelona forward on Wednesday night with some bullish words.
Neuer said he will show Messi “who’s boss” and mentioned that having such an attitude worked out pretty well for him during the World Cup.
He told L’Equipe, as per Goal.com:
I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble.
But it’s crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who’s boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.
We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect.
Bayern take on Barca at the Camp Nou on Wednesday with the return leg in Munich six days later.