'Playing Barca without Messi is a shame'

UEFA Champions League

With Bayern Munich taking on FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League this week, Germany star Thomas Muller says it is a "shame" their opponents will be without Lionel Messi. 

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign gets underway this week, and for the first time in more than a decade, Barca will be without Messi after the Argentine superstar left the club as a free agent and joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the recent transfer window. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see the previous five results between Barca and Bayern in the UCL

Bayern forward Muller has now insisted that his club's fixture against the Blaugrana on Tuesday will not be the same without their former captain

"In general, it's a shame that he is not there," Muller said, according to Mundo Deportivo.

"When you play against a team that has Leo Messi, it's something that gives additional motivation to everyone because we know what he has achieved.

"I have to admit that, actually, I cannot assess Barcelona. Without doubt, without Messi, they will be a different team.  

"It's possible that, without Messi, they will have a player with more defensive contributions. 

"I don't know what awaits us. In any case, it's a marvelous stadium and a great club."

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The last time these two sides faced each other was in the 2019/20 UCL quarter-finals, when the Bavarians emphatically beat the Catalan side 8-2.  

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