Arsenal was ousted from the Champions League tournament last year by eventual winners Bayern Munich. In the round of 16 in this season’s campaign they’re once again pitted against the Bundesliga leaders, and are trying to get a bit of revenge this time.
“We are in a much better mental shape today than we were one year ago because we lost against Blackburn at home in the FA Cup. It was a big disappointment for us, but this time we defeated Liverpool and we are really determined to win this game,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in comments distributed by UEFA.
“We know we face the competition favourites, but what we have is the belief because we’ve had big games in the Champions League and in the FA Cup. We played against Tottenham and against Liverpool, so since the start of the season we know that in every single game we have to be 100%.
“We believe we can do it, but that’s down to the quality of our performance. We have a strong team spirit, that is for sure. We have a strong desire to do well and a united team. We always have these qualities, but perhaps we do not always have the belief – belief is built by results and on that front we are strong, of course.
“Are Bayern the best team in the world? At the moment you can’t say the opposite – they win every game. They won the [FIFA Club] World Cup and the Champions League. You can only say ‘yes’.”
Date: Wednesday, February 19
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: London, England
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV Info: FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
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