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Beckenbauer: Barcelona will try 'all the tricks in the book'

Created on Apr. 29, 2013 11:16 AM EST

Franz Beckenbauer has warned Bayern Munich that Barcelona will stop at nothing to ensure the right result in their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.

The German champions travel to Barcelona having taken a 4-0 lead in the first leg and Beckenbauer believes Barca will try everything they can to secure a place in the final.

"Barca will try everything to throw Bayern off balance," Beckenbauer told Bild.

"They will deploy all methods, anything that's allowed and anything that's forbidden. They will defend themselves because their pride has been hurt."

Beckenbauer won three European Cups with Bayern in the 1970s and believes the current squad of players need to remain focused on the job at hand, rather than being distracted in what could prove to be a heated fixture.

"Barca will try to take Bayern's eyes off their game plan with one-on-one duels. The Bayern players should not be drawn into personal battles," said the 67-year-old.

"They will not surrender, they will provoke, they will try all the tricks in the book."

A UEFA Champions League win for Bayern would mean a treble for the club, having already secured the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal this season.

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