Defensive blow for Bayern
Bayern Munich have a defensive headache ahead of their game with Barca as Daniel van Buyten and Lucio are both out.
Last Updated: 07/04/09 1:03pm
Bayern Munich's preparations ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona have been dealt another blow with the news Daniel van Buyten will play no part on Wednesday night.
The central defender withdrew from Bayern's squad due to 'personal reasons' and did not travel to Spain with the rest of his team-mates on Tuesday.
Van Buyten's absence is exacerbated by Lucio's injury that leaves the Bavarian giants light defensively for the quarter-final tie.
Lucio suffered a muscle injury in Saturday's miserable 5-1 defeat to Wolfsburg and like van Buyten, will not figure at Camp Nou.
Bayern boss Jurgen Klinsmann will be forced to pitch together Martin Demichelis and 19-year-old Brazilian Breno in their absence and the club's general director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits it will be a tough task to stop in-form Barca from prevailing over the two legs.
Comparing Bayern's challenge to that faced by West Germany against the mighty Hungarians in the 1954 World Cup final, Rummenigge evidently feels his team will be up against it.
"It is almost an impossible mission, but through experience we know that in football miracles and surprises exist," he told the club's official website.
"In Berne in 1954, in the final, there was a team that everyone expected to lose by many goals, but they came out as champions of the world."
Rummenigge admits Saturday's drubbing at Wolfsburg, who went top of the Bundesliga with the win, was hardly an ideal preparation.
"We clearly expect that the team will bend over backwards now. It is now up to the team. The team has to shoulder the responsibility," he added.
"The coach has accepted enough public criticism. But it is the team that is on the pitch.
"We have suffered now for two days and we will try to stand up again when we face Barcelona."