Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that clubs are being beaten by Barcelona psychologically, before they have even stepped onto the field to take on Pep Guardiola’s side.
Ferguson, whose side could meet the Catalan giants in the Champions League should they navigate their way past Marseille in their second round tie on Tuesday evening, feels that sides are giving the Spanish champions far too much respect, and are preparing for defeat rather than trying to beat them.
“Sometimes you can put the fear of death into your players when there is no need to and the important thing is know your own strength,” he said.
“Barcelona have produced two performances this season (against Real Madrid and Arsenal in Camp Nou) that have captured everyone’s imagination and attention and I think every coach will be paying attention to that in particular.
Ferguson, however much he respects Barcelona, believes that his Premier League leaders are more than capable of holding their own against Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and company.
“We have plenty of experience of playing Barcelona and think they know we would be competitive and have a chance” added the United manager.