Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Barca striker Eto'o plays down Bayern defeat

April 6, 2009

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is not reading too much into the domestic mauling suffered by Champions League opponents Bayern Munich this weekend.

Bayern were thrashed 5-1 by new Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg on Saturday, the German giants' biggest defeat in seven years and a result that left Jurgen Klinsmann's side back in fourth spot, three points off the summit.

However, Eto'o does not believe that result will have much bearing on this week's Champions League quarter-final first leg between the two clubs, which sees Bayern travelling to the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

"I don't think they'll be affected. That result doesn't mean anything, not even if they had lost 10-1," said Eto'o in El Mundo Deportivo. "It's a very attractive game but we must be calm."

In contrast to Bayern, Barca will go into Wednesday's match in good form having beaten Real Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday to record their fourth successive league win.

That kept Pep Guardiola's men six points clear of second-placed Real Madrid in La Liga and still on course for a trophy treble this season, having already reached the final of the Copa del Rey where they will face Athletic Bilbao.

Turning his attention to their European bid, coach Guardiola said: "On Wednesday there should not be a single empty seat.

"We hope that the supporters will come to the stadium to help us. We need them to support us more than ever."