Former Sunderland star Niall Quinn believes Barca would be happy with a draw against Bayern.
Former Premier League star Niall Quinn has expressed the view that Barcelona will play more defensively against Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi final first-leg at the Allianz Arena.
Quinn thinks that Bayern will be a stern test for the four-time Champions League winners and that Tito Vilanova’s side would be happy with a draw in Munich.
“I think they [Barca] would be happy with a draw and take Bayern back to the Nou Camp and I think they may play more defensively that they normally would,” the ex-Sunderland man wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“Bayern Munich need to win this first leg.
“I’m edging towards them doing that. I still see them getting to the final.”
Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been two of best sides in the whole of Europe this season, with the Catalans leading second-placed Real Madrid by 13 points in La Liga and Bayern winning the Bundesliga with six games to spare.
After triumph in the German top tier it is perhaps Jupp Heynckes’ side that have the advantage over Barca, as they can now concentrate all their efforts on the Champions League.
However, a team writes off Barcelona at their peril as AC Milan found out in the last-16 when Vilanova’s side overturned a 2-0 away defeat to win the tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Whatever happens in the first-leg in Munich on Wednesday it is set to be a close-fought encounter between two of the most successful sides in European history.