Giuly: We'll beat Reds or Bayern
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ludovic Giuly insists Barca do not fear facing Bayern Munich or Liverpool in the last 16.
Ludovic Giuly insists Barcelona would not fear Bayern Munich or Liverpool in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The reigning European champions made light work of their must-win match against Werder Bremen on Tuesday night, through goals from Ronaldinho and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Frenchman Giuly also missed an open goal to save the Germans a drubbing and the attacker was pleased with his side's display from the word go.
"We did what we had to do," Giuly told L'Equipe.
"We put a lot of pressure and pace into the match at the beginning. Our two goals came early and then everything was easier.
"With Ronaldinho, football is easy. He is very intelligent and we know each other very well."
Chelsea's victory at home to whipping boys Levski Sofia denied Barca top spot in Group A though, which means they must play at home in the first leg of the knockout stages.
Despite that setback Giuly is confident of his team's progression towards the final again, past either the Group B or C winners.
"Playing Bayern or Liverpool we will have to make the difference in the first leg. I believe we are capable of making it," he added.
"We would have to play in the same way, with calm authority.
"With [Samuel] Eto'o and [Lionel] Messi back to full fitness, it will be much easier.
"Don't forget we are leaders in La Liga, with the best ever start to the season for the club.
"In the end, you will see we will be very close to another final."