Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have the belief and confidence to overcome Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich as his side look to get their Champions League campaign back on track.
Hinting that his side paid the price for not taking their opening opponents, Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, seriously enough, the boss promised that his players would definitely be suitably motivated for their make-or-break tie against Europe’s most in-form outfit.
Speaking at London Colney this afternoon Wenger harked back to recent results against the Bavarians:
“[There was] the one that won the treble with Ribery at full power, Robben at full power and Kroos, Schweinsteiger and Muller in midfield so I believe we have played good Bayern sides and got good results against them.
“We have the needed belief and confidence that we are doing something right so that helps.
“We maybe could be a little suspected of not taking the first two games seriously enough but this time that is not the threat.
“Let’s take the positives of our Premier League [form] and as well get the right focus that you get when you play a big opponent.
“We have some ground to make up in Europe as we have not been at our requested level in our first two games.
“Our focus has been much stronger in the Premier League than it has been in Europe and we know in this game the focus needs to be exactly the same than in the in Premier League.”
Touching on how his side plans to approach the game, Wenger continued: “What we want is to win the game. We want to defend well, attack well and score the first goal – that is massively important in the big games.
“You can never promise you will score three goals in 20 minutes [like against Manchester United] because that would be absolutely crazy. What we can do is start in a strong way and that is what we will try to do.”