WE'VE BEATEN BETTER BAYERN TEAMS BEFORE - WENGERBy quadrihatic 09:54 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 Comments
The French boss says his side can take heart from
their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena in the 2012-13
season, when the Germans won the treble, but
refused to reveal their weaknesses.
Arsene Wenger insists that his Arsenal side do not
fear Bayern Munich ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s Champions
League meeting, despite the Bavarians having won
every game they have played this season.
Pep Guardiolaâ€™s men have streaked clear in the
Bundesliga title race, picking up maximum points
after nine games, and also top their Champions
League group after consecutive wins.
Arsenalâ€™s own place in the competition is at risk
after back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb
and Olympiacos, with victory desperately needed
against Bayern, and Wenger believes his side can
take heart from previous wins over the German
â€œWe could be suspected of not taking the first two
Champions League games seriously enough, but
that wonâ€™t be a problem against Bayern,â€ Wenger
told reporters. â€œWe know we are playing against a
top side. Tomorrow everyone will be highly focused.
â€œWe are [confident]. Weâ€™ve played great Bayern
teams before, at least as good as the one we play
tomorrow, and beaten them. The team that won the
treble, with [Franck] Ribery at full power, [Arjen]
Robben at full power, [Toni] Kroos and [Bastian]
Schweinsteiger, [Thomas] Muller.
â€œThere is no team without weaknesses. If you
asked me to come out with them now, I wouldnâ€™t do
it. But there are no teams without weaknesses.
â€œWe want to defend well, attack well and score the
first goal. That is massively important in big games.
You canâ€™t say you will score three goals in 20
minutes [as against Manchester United] because
that is absolutely crazy.â€
Petr Cech will start in goal for the Gunners, with
David Ospina carrying an injury, but Wenger has no
plans to rest star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut
â€œYou would be surprised if I told you that Iâ€™ll rest
them tomorrow. Unless I have a very bad sleepless
night, maybe, and got it wrong. But normally they
play,â€ he continued.
â€œThese kind of medical predictions are beyond
everybody. Even with the most sophisticated
equipment doctors cannot predict the impact on the
body. But they have no specific problems so I donâ€™t
see why they should be [rested].â€
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