UEFA Champions League: Lionel Messi's fitness key to Barcelona's comeback hopes

Despite Messi not being at 100 per cent, Barca's principal problem in the first-leg was their defending and manager Tito Vilanova has even more problems at the back with Jordi Alba suspended for Wednesday's clash.

updated: April 30, 2013 09:56 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona admit any chance the Catalans have of overturning a 4-0 first-leg defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final return on Wednesday depends very much on the fitness of Lionel Messi.

The World Player of the Year looked out of sorts in Munich last week as an energetic display from the hosts tore Barca to pieces, but Messi did come off the bench to score a wonderful individual goal and set-up a second for Alexis Sanchez in Barca's 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

And Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura believes Messi has started to find his feet again after being troubled by a hamstring injury for the past month.

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