Munich (AP) - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge emphasized his great admiration for Barça superstar Lionel Messi before the quarter-final hit of FC Bayern.

«I have a lot of respect for this player. He has something that possibly no one else on this planet has. He can decide a game on his own, ”said the CEO of the German record champions. On August 14th, Munich will meet FC Barcelona in Lisbon for their start in the final tournament of the Champions League.

“He's a player that you watch incredibly and from whom you also have to take some of the fun out of the game. He's a player who wants to have fun with football, ”said Rummenigge. "If you take that fun away from him by trying to take him out of the game a little tactically, then there are good conditions."

Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka pointed out the only way to stop the Argentine. «I think it only works as a collective. Everyone knows what a gifted footballer he is. He is able to find many solutions for situations even in confined spaces, ”said the 25-year-old. “We'll have to fight as a team. Whether you can take away the joy of the game at all is an open question. "

In any case, Goretzka is happy. After playing against Cristiano Ronaldo several times, it was nice to be able to “meet the second absolutely formative footballer of the last decade again. Let's see what it looks like up close. "

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