Bayern great stunned by Barcelona's improbable comeback

Former Bayern Munich steward Hasan Salihamidzic is backing his old club to reach a seventh Champions League semi-final in eight years, but he also reserved special praise for record-setting Barcelona. 

The Bosnian watched his old team demolish Arsenal 5-1 twice in the round of 16, but was left astonished by Barcelona’s improbable comeback.

The Catalan club trailed 4-0 from the first leg away to Paris Saint-Germain, but produced an extraordinary 6-1 victory in the return leg to shock the football world.

Bayern Munich were great in both games (against Arsenal) but the comeback of Barcelona was amazing

- Salihamidzic

Bayern Munich were great in both games (against Arsenal), but the comeback of Barcelona was amazing,” Salihamidzic told reporters in Singapore, where he was invited to represent Bayern Munich as a club legend for the International Champions Cup (ICC).

“I think that happens every 20, 30 years maybe, if it is (even) possible to score three goals in the last seven minutes.

“It was a great game, but two games of 5-1 by Bayern Munich was definitely impressive too, so we will see (what happens).

“Our team is in good shape so everything is possible, but you know it’s the Champions League, anything can happen. Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are my favourites now.”

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Salihadzmic was Bayern's representative in Singapore for the ICC

Following the 2017 season, the German club will compete alongside Chelsea and Inter Milan in Singapore in July as part of the ICC, which is heading to this part of the world for the first time.

Bayern have reached an incredible level on the pitch, winning the past four Bundesliga titles, and they are well on track to make that five in 2017.

Considering its global standing, Salihamidzic said it only makes sense for the club to attempt to expand its fan base.

Apart from touring the United States and China in recent years, Bayern Munich are also aiming to attract more support in Southeast Asia, with plenty of events planned for the coming months.

Bayern are set to host a youth tournament in Singapore, compete in the ICC, and bring more club legends to this region.

“We hope to bring the Bundesliga more to Asia, to make Bundesliga more important for Asian people, and we are doing that,” Salihamidzic said.

“That’s the reason why we are coming to play ICC and coming to Singapore, we would like to make the Bundesliga more global.

“Coming to Singapore is part of that ... we are looking forward to having a Youth Cup in April. For this year's Youth Cup, we will have it all over the world, it will be great and it will be a chance for young people to go to the world finals in Munich in May.

“Legends are coming and I spoke with lots of (current Bayern) players and they said they are looking forward to coming to Singapore.”

Photos: Weixiang Lim/FFT