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Barca hold edge over Bayern, says Van Bommel

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel says Barcelona’s home advantage in the second leg gives them the edge over Bayern Munich.

The Dutch midfielder, who has represented both clubs, says there is little to choose between the two sides.

But he believes the draw might have tipped things in favour of Barca, who will travel to Allianz Arena on Tuesday before welcoming Bayern to Camp Nou eight days later.

“In such an evenly balanced tie, that could be decisive,” van Bommel told FCBarcelona.net.

“Barca have a very good team and have appeared in six consecutive semi-finals, which says a lot.

“We’re going to see two great matches. We’re going to have a real treat. They are very similar teams. They have the same style of play. They like to pass the ball and are strong in attack.”

Van Bommel does not believe Barca’s hopes of reaching the final will be unduly affected by the injury-enforced absences of Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol.

“In Barca’s case, they have a great squad and won’t miss anyone, although the simple presence of Puyol makes a big impression on the opponent,” he said.

“In a year with Barca it was clear to me that he’s a special captain – an example to follow.”

Sun 21 April, 2013
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