Xherdan Shaqiri: 'Barcelona talk made Wolfsburg game harder'

Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his team's first against Hamburger SV on March 30, 2013
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Xherdan Shaqiri feels that Bayern Munich's upcoming Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona threatened to overshadow their DFB-Pokal win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that talk of their Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona made it "difficult" to fully concentrate on their DFB-Pokal match with Wolfsburg.

The newly-crowned Bundesliga champions eventually ran out 6-1 winners to reach the final of the German domestic cup, but the Swiss playmaker felt that the impending Barca match threatened to overshadow the game.

Shaqiri told reporters after the game: "We wanted to reach the cup final but it was difficult for us.

"All talk about Barcelona had made it hard to concentrate. But we did it and had the game under control."

The result leaves Die Roten on course to win a historic Treble this season, which is something that defender Javi Martinez admits the club should try to play down.

"It is impossible not to talk about the Treble but we do not want to think about it," the Spaniard told Marca.

The Bavarians host Barca on April 23 at the Allianz Arena, with the return leg on May 1 at Camp Nou.

Bayer Leverkusen player Daniel Carvajal (right) challenges for the ball with Bayern Munich player Xherdan Shaqiri during their sides match on October 28, 2012
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