Ahead of the upcoming meeting between the two European giants in the Champions League quarter-finals, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the German team’s plan to stop the danger of Barcelona’s Spanish star Lionel Messi.
The Bavarian and Catalan teams meet, on Friday, in the third quarter-final matches of the tournament with its shortened system, after returning from a months-long hiatus due to the spread of the new Corona virus in Europe.
Rummenigge said that Bayern Munich will rely on its young defender Alfonso Davis to address the invasions of Messi, Barcelona’s first star and the focus of the team’s danger.
Rummenigge believes that the 19-year-old Canadian “is capable of controlling Messi.”
Davis joined Bayern Munich in January 2019 from Vancouver, Whitecaps, and quickly established himself as a mainstay on the squad of coach Hanzi Felix in the left-back position.
Rummenigge told Sky Sports: “Alfonso had a great season and he deservedly deserved the title of the best emerging player in the German League.”
And he continued, “If Messi plays on the left side (for Bayern), Alfonso will take care of him. It will be a difficult but exciting task. Davis has not been dribbled or surpassed much this season.”
Davis has drawn great attention this season with the German champions, having appeared 43 times in all competitions, scoring 3 goals and making 9 assists.
The two sides of the first semi-final have been decided in the Champions League, where Leipzig will meet Paris Saint-Germain, while the winner from the Bayern and Barcelona meeting collides with the winner of the French Olympique Lyon and Manchester City match.