Quotes: Bayern Show Signs of Fear and Disappointment at Arsenal Draw

By on December 16, 2013


Bayern Munich have shown some signs of fear and disappointment at being drawn against Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16.

The Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that his club are going to be hugely cautious when it comes to their optimism regarding Bayern’s chances.

The two sides met in the round of 16 in last year’s tournament, and while Bayern advanced, Arsenal beat them 2-0 away from home in a result that went some way in shaking Bayern’s usual steely confidence.

“They are the Premier League leaders. We don’t need to be warned,” Rummenigge said.

“Some 10 months ago, they beat us 2-0 in the second leg of the last 16.”

“[This] was the most awkward draw we could get. It is not what we would have wished for.”

Club Captain Philip Lahm echoed those sentiments, suggesting that “that’s not a dream draw. They are a dangerous opponent. For us it is the most difficult draw from the pot. It’s a good omen, but they’re tough opponents, the toughest of the second-place teams. We were certainly hoping for someone different. Arsenal have made some good signings and they’re dangerous. But obviously we still want to make the quarter-finals.”

Regardless, Arsenal will need their strong German faction within the team to have an impact against one of the top teams in Europe in order to stand any chance of going through.

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