Barcelona’s Vidal warns Bayern to be on their toes

FC Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has warned Bayern Munich that they are up against the “best side” in the world and should know what to expect when the two sides meet in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday.

Barca and Bayern are the only two previous winners still left in the competition.

“I’ve heard (what’s been said),” Vidal said in a news conference on Thursday as quoted by ESPNFC when asked what he thought about the noise coming from the Bayern camp. “But I have not paid much attention to it.

“I know Bayern’s players and what’s said has come from outside and is not what (the players) think. They have a lot of confidence but they’re not playing against a Bundesliga team on Friday, they’re up against Barcelona, the best team in the world.”

Vidal played 123 games with Bayern Munich from 2015-2018 and won three Bundesliga titles, two SuperCups, and the DFB Pokal in that span.

“I understand the criticism,” the former Bayern midfielder said. “But we are the best team in the world. That wasn’t reflected on the pitch in LaLiga and we missed out on the title, but if we connect we can beat anyone. That is why I say we are the best and we have to show it against Bayern,” he added.