Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has stated that his team cannot afford to be complacent ahead of their 2nd leg Champions League fixture at home to Arsenal tomorrow. The Germans will defend a 2-0 lead at The Allianz they gained from their trip to London in February, a game that could’ve been different if it wasn’t for Mesut Ozil’s early penalty miss. The Gunners then had Wojciech Szczesny sent off before Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller got the goals for Bayern. Arsnal faced a similar situation this time last season, they trailed 3-1 in the first leg but won 2-0 in Munich, only to go out on away goals.
Based on that, Guardiola knows the tie is far from over, “Winning 2-0 in London was an excellent result for us, but it is also dangerous. We have a very good chance to go through, but we have to be in a situation where we really focus on the game.”
“We have to bring our ideas across in the way we play, and know what our strengths are. The Champions League is a big game for us, not the everyday thing we get in the Bundesliga. We have to do our best.”
Guardiola knows that having possession will be key to finishing Arsenal off.
“We have to make sure we have the ball, that we attack really well and make it through to the next phase. They have a lot of quality, so we have to make sure we have a lot of possession and make sure they do not score a goal.”
“We have to have that offensive drive, if we don’t, we will have a problem.”
By Ben Kelly
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