Dante warns Bayern Munich of Barcelona comeback at Nou Camp
Bayern Munich center-back Dante has urged his teammates to stay on their toes and play with eyes wide open in the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at Nou Camp on 1 May.
Dante wants his teammates to be wary of the future La Liga champions on their away trip to Spain. The Brazilian defender told his teammates that “we scored four but can also concede four” at Barcelona’s home.
The 29-year-old defender helped Bayern Munich keep a clean-sheet against Barcelona at Allianz Arena last Tuesday. The 4-0 victory over Barcelona helped Bayern Munich put one foot into the Champions League final. No team in the European competition has failed to progress to the next round after winning the first-leg with such a scoreline.
In an interview to RMC Radio, Dante insists Bayern Munich must be optimistic and play their usual attacking-football at Nou Camp.
“I think we'll continue to try and play,” Dante said. “If we go there thinking only about defending, that's not a good start. We're going to try and score because, if we do that, they have to score six. We have to stay solid, compact, and work for each other.
“We have to keep our feet on the ground - things can change quickly in football. We scored four, but we can also concede four. We need to keep our focus.”
Barcelona were left ravaged and squandered after their four-goal defeat. The Spanish football giants hadn’t suffered such loss in the Champions League since an Andrei Shevchenko led Dynamo Kiev obliterated Barcelona’s defense back in November 1997.
Interestingly, Bayern Munich’s victory wouldn’t have been so great had the match referee Viktor Kassai ruled out the second and third goals. Both goals could have been spotted as flawed, although it was admittedly hard to call them out.
“They weren't big errors. I think we could have had a penalty. In every game, there are mistakes by the referee. If they go for us, all the better,” Dante said. “If you'd have told me 3-0 before the game, I would have signed for that straight away, so 4-0 is magnificent.
“The most important thing was not to concede. We have to keep on respecting them, keep thinking that they're the best team in the world and go there to try and qualify.”