Tito Vilanova: 'Lionel Messi can transform Bayern Munich tie'

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for Barcelona in the game against Malaga on January 13, 2013
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Tito Vilanova is confident that Lionel Messi can inspire a Barcelona comeback against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has no doubts that Lionel Messi can transform their Champions League semi-final deficit against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The La Liga leaders were thumped 4-0 at the Allianz Arena last week, with the Argentine playing despite only recently recovering from injury.

However, Vilanova is certain that Messi can make the difference in the return leg.

"We know how important Messi is in this team," Vilanova said. "And even more in front of goal.

"The better he feels, the more chances we have to go through. This would have to be done between us all, but yes, if Leo is okay, he will have something to say."

The two sides meet in the second leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

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