Bayern Munich got a big win at the Emirates Stadium last year en route to the Champions League final and eventual win. Munich is with a new manager, Pep Guardiola, this year and he has never won at Arsenal.
“It’s my third time here to play Arsenal. I’ve never won here and I’ve learned that you can’t dominate for 90 minutes against Arsenal. You can play good and dominate for half the game perhaps, or for 70 minutes, but for 90 minutes it’s impossible,” Guardiola said in comments distributed by UEFA.
“With the quality of players Arsenal have we know they can cause [us] a problem, but we’ll try to play well, as best we possibly can. We don’t think too much about the second leg – we must concentrate on what we have to do tomorrow and I hope it goes well.
“We are in the most prestigious competition in world football and in a perfect setting – here at Arsenal, in London – so it’s a good test for us. We are doing well in Germany, but now we face a good test to know what our level is. I’m looking forward to finding out.
“I know how difficult it is to take the next step. I know what happened last year against Arsenal. Bayern won, but it was very difficult in the last five minutes. I have a lot of respect for my colleague Arsène Wenger. They have good organisation, they are always in good shape and they always organise with the ball, never without.”
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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