Thomas Muller sends warning to Barcelona ahead of UEFA Champions League tie

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Barcelona need to avoid defeat against the Bavarians and hope Benfica don't beat Dynamo Kiev if they want to advance to the group stages.

After Robert Lewandowski missed out on the Ballon d'Or to Lionel Messi this week, Muller says they will be fired up to get the win in Munich.

"From the Bavarian, Polish and also German point of view, [Monday night's] Ballon d'Or award ceremony was definitely a disappointment. For some even a bit more," Muller wrote on LinkedIn, as per the Express.

"Although I've been in the business a bit longer and therefore wasn't really surprised about the outcome (it was similar with Franck Ribery in 2013), the whole thing has formed or once again solidified a thought in me: We have great players in the Bundesliga and don't have to hide.

"For worldwide recognition, however, we need more international successes. That's a huge motivation for me, too, to put everything on the line to bring the Champions League back to Munich and show the soccer world what's what. And above all, what German soccer has to offer.

"The next opportunity to do so will be next Wednesday at the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. Let's go for it!

"PS: With Lionel Messi, the vote was won by probably the best individualist soccer has ever produced. So congratulations to Lionel for winning the Ballon d'Or, even if I think Robert Lewandowski deserved it more this time. What do you think?"