Manuel Neuer is determined to show Lionel Messi who's boss.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists he is desperate to show Barcelona ace Lionel Messi who is boss when the pair line up in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final.

Neuer and Messi will go head-to-head at the Nou Camp for the first time since Germany beat Argentina at last summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old shot stopper came out on top that day and he is hoping he can keep the four-time World Player of the Year quiet yet again.

'I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble,' Neuer told L'Equipe.

'But it's crucial to show authority when we meet on the pitch and show him who's boss. I did the same in the World Cup final and this worked out pretty well.

'We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instill respect.

'We have to make good use of our physical presence, our character and show a certain ruthlessness.'

Bayern, who have already been crowned Bundesliga champions, beat Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the competition two years ago.

However, the German international is expecting life to be a lot tougher this time around.

He added: 'The game against Barcelona is a final before the final. Our goal is to make it to the showpiece in Berlin.

'We dominated Barcelona in both legs in the semi-finals two years ago, but the situation has changed.

'This time, they have no injuries and Messi is back to his best, while we are missing several key players,

'We know that we face a tough task, but I am confident we will get our chances.'

Source: Daily Mail

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