Bayern Munich may head into Tuesday nights Champions League last-16 second leg with a 2-0 away advantage, however boss Pep Guardiola is warning his side against complacency.
The Gunners have nothing to lose in Munich, and a repeat of last season’s 2-0 heroics will be enough to push the fixture into extra time. They’re certainly not favorites to progress if the Gambling Sites are anything to go by, but the Gunners have proven they can produce surprises this season.
The Bayern boss has lost just one game during his reign and remains wary of the threat Arsenal possess, claiming “everything” can happen. The Spaniard wants no sign of the Bundesliga leaders sitting back and defending the result rather than retaining possession and going for the win.
He told reporters in the pre-match press conference:
It’s better to go into the match with a 2-0 lead. But it’s a final, it’s a knockout game. That is always dangerous.
We must focus on our game, our idea and our style of play. The Champions League is not the most important title of the season, that is the national championship [the Bundesliga], but it is a nice competition and we want to progress.
We must be aggressive, with the ball or without it. I don’t want to see my team trying to control the result. When we start playing for time and only defend the result, we will run into major problems.
When we have the ball then we have more options. When they have the ball, everything can happen. Everything! With Arsenal being down 2-0, they can only win, because everyone believes that they have no chance.
Wenger certainly agrees that anything can happen especially if they can draw inspiration from their emphatic 4-1 win over Everton over the weekend, not to mention some of their past Champions League victories when the odds have been stacked against them.
The Gunners boss said ahead of Tuesday night’s tie:
What I rate is that we have a huge desire to turn this result around.
We have nothing to lose but let’s be inspired by the type of performance we have shown, show the same attitude and put them under pressure then I think we have a chance.
The statistics are against us, but we have won 5-1 at Inter, we have won everywhere in Europe.
If Arsenal can start on a similar level to their 2-0 win in Munich last season and the first leg loss at Emirates, then they can really scare the Barvarians early on.
All it takes is an early goal from the Gunners then anything will be possible. Although we’ve lost the youthful enthusiasm of Jack Wilshere through injury, the flying form of The Ox, some more encouraging play from Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud over the weekend bodes well for the north London sides chances.