Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will not change his tactics against Bayern Munich despite holding a 3-0 advantage heading into today’s Champions League semi-final return leg in Germany.
Most managers would have their team take a more defensive approach if they were holding a three-goal advantage in the second leg of a cup tie. However, Enrique has refused to instruct his team to take its collective foot off the gas.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Enrique stressed that he wants his side to keep possession and continue to create chances. The manager pointed out that if his team concentrated solely on defending, they would have a lesser chance of scoring an away goal – which would be the final nail in Bayern Munich’s coffin.
“We want to have the ball and create chances, as Bayern will too,” Enrique said. “We will need to focus on attacking and defending because if we just defend, we have no chance of scoring goals.
“You can’t be too confident as you have to respect your opponent, so we will need to keep our players calm. We know how big Bayern are so we will try our best not to allow them too many chances.
“They will have their fans behind them, so we will try to keep possession and create as much as possible up front.
“If we take a lead it will be good for us. However, Bayern have the quality to score and did cause us problems in Barcelona.”
Bayern have a 100% record in Munich during this season’s Champions League, and have scored 13 goals in their last two home games – beating Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 in the Round of 16 and Porto 6-1 in the quarter-finals.
The five-time winners are attempting to reach their eleventh Champions League final and will be backed by their raucous home supporters for ninety plus minutes.
But Enrique knows what to expect from Bayern Munich and his counterpart Pep Guardiola.
The Barcelona boss is attempting to reach his first Champions League final as a manager and stressed that his side must trust their talents and motivate themselves for the task at hand.
“The common goal is to reach the final. The most important thing is to be motivated; of course we have a very good result from the first leg, but it’s important the players trust themselves.
“Bayern will go on the attack and try to create chances – I know what [Guardiola] is going to try to do and I’m looking forward to a really nice game.”
Programming note: Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona will be shown LIVE on Tuesday at 2:45pm EST on FOX Sports 1 and FoxSoccer2Go.