Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has poured cold water on suggestions that FC Barcelona are a weaker side without Lionel Messi ahead of their 2021/22 UEFA Champions League opener.
Barca go into this season's Champions League without Messi in their ranks for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign, and will take on Bayern in a Group E encounter at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
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The last time the two clubs met in this competition, the Bundesliga giants walked away 8-2 winners in the 2019/20 quarter-finals.
However, Bayern manager Nagelsmann believes the Blaugrana still possess an attacking threat to be wary of despite seeing the Argentine leave as a free agent for Paris Saint-Germain last month.
"They've no longer got someone as extravagant as Messi, but they have other players who can make a difference," Nagelsmann said in a press conference ahead of the game, per the Daily Mail.
"We are prepared for everything. I'm not of the opinion that they are a lot worse off now [without Messi].
"[Whether we are] favourites or not favourites is always more of a media topic. Two world clubs are meeting.
"On the one hand, the form on the day will decide, but on the other hand, [there is] motivation – and that one will be extremely high with us."
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