Arsenal F.C. will be Bayern Munich's acid test, says Pep Guardiola

Comments 0
SummaryArsenal F.C. was beaten 3-1 in same stage of Champions League by Bayern at Emirates last year.

Bayern Munich will use the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match against Arsenal F.C. on Wednesday as a barometer of the team's progress this season, coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.

The Champions League holders defeated their English opponents Arsenal F.C. 3-1 in the same stage of the competition at the Emirates last year.

"It's a good test for us. Tomorrow we will know what our level is in Europe this year," Spaniard Guardiola told a news conference on Tuesday.

"You can't dominate for 90 minutes against Arsenal, it's impossible. You can play good and maybe dominate one half or 75 minutes but never the full game. With their quality of players you can always have problems.

"We won't think about the second game, we're just concentrated on what we have to do tomorrow."

Bayern have lost only once in 34 games and have won 13 successive Bundesliga matches but Guardiola wants to guard against the complacency that caused the eventual champions to lose 2-0 at home in the second leg against Arsenal 12 months ago.

"We have to accept that every game we are favourites and that we are favourites to retain the title, I can't deny that," he said.

"I'd like to live without these feelings but I can't. But tomorrow we start 0-0," Guardiola added.

"Always with the ball they (Arsenal) are organised and in good shape. Once we let them (have) the ball we will suffer. We must dominate the ball."

THREE TROPHIES

Guardiola, who won the Champions League as Barcelona coach in 2009 and 2011, took over from Jupp Heynckes last year after the German coach guided Bayern Munich to three trophies last season.

But the master tactician played down his team's chances of being the first club to retain the European title in the Champions League era.

"My target is to play every week better than the last. To retain the title is so difficult, so I'm not worried about that," the former Barcelona midfielder said.

"I know as a sportsman how difficult it is to win everything one year and then win again. We are just going to fight against one of the best teams in Europe (Arsenal F.C.) and then will we see the level."

Bayern thrashed Freiburg 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to extend their unbeaten league run to 46 games. Their only loss in this season's Champions League group stage came at home to Manchester City, with qualification already assured.

France winger

Single Page Format
Ads by Google
Reader´s Comments
| Post a Comment
Please Wait while comments are loading...