Javi Martinez has rejected claims that Bayern Munich have been handed an easy draw ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg with Sevilla.
Bayern avoided fellow tournament favourites Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City, but Martinez believes the five-time UEFA Europa League winners are of the same ilk, despite sitting sixth in the current La Liga standings.
"I can't understand why people are saying we've got an easy draw," Martinez told SPORTBILD. "Sevilla are on the same level as the so-called top four sides in the competition. We cannot afford to underestimate them, they're dangerous."
Martinez, who faced Sevilla 11 times in the colours of former club Athletic Bilbao, says Los Rojiblancos' last-16 triumph over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United is a case in point.
Vincenzo Montella's men were held to a goalless draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, but went to Old Trafford and won 2-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
"I watched the two games against Manchester United," Martinez explained. "They're incredibly compact, it's practically impossible to score against them. Everything goes through Ever Banega. If he plays well, the whole team does, too. We have to stop him."
Banega is suspended for Tuesday's first leg in Seville, but will be available again for the return fixture at Bayern's Allianz Arena on 11 April. Not that anything or anyone is going to get in the way of the resurgent Martinez.
Restored to his preferred defensive midfield role by Jupp Heynckes, the 29-year-old has been an integral part of Bayern's treble push this season, missing only eight games in all competitions since the beginning of October.
Nevertheless, his hopes of going to this summer's FIFA World Cup with 2010 winners Spain hang in the balance after he was left out of the squad for the recent friendlies against Germany and Argentina.
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"I'll do everything I can to fulfil my World Cup dream," Martinez affirmed. "I think it's going very well for me under Jupp Heynckes. I'm not in touch with the Spain coach, but that's not my style. I'll fight for my place in the squad until the very last second. Not with words, but with good performances on the pitch."