Pep Guardiola has praised Arsenal ahead of tonight’s Champions League tie in Munich, but said his team will be out to cause the Gunners all kinds of problems at the Allianz Arena.
Having lost the last game at the Emirates a couple of weeks ago, Bayern are out for revenge and for the points that will more or less assure them of qualification for the knock-out stages.
The Spaniard was happy to give credit to the Gunners, saying, “They are one of Europe’s top sides. It is a new game after we lost in London. This is a match we want to win in front of our supporters. We have another 90 minutes to move closer to qualifying for the next round.”
But he also spelt out how his team would try and put pressure on Arsene Wenger’s side, looking to cut out the passes to Olivier Giroud who will be asked to try and ease the pressure this evening.
“Arsenal like to keep the ball and attack,” he said. “Look at all the players they have on the pitch – they are players to keep the ball and perhaps try long passes to Giroud.
“We will have to adapt our defence as they will want to play their type of game. We want to press them high so they can’t play out of defence.
“I always tell my teams to attack as much as possible and to create as many chances as possible.”
For his part, the Arsenal manager believes his team can show that the victory at home was no fluke.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Bayern,” he said. “They are doing extremely well, they are playing well. I think it’s a good opportunity for us to show that we’ve moved forward and are up to the test we face tomorrow. We have shown that in the first game.
“We have an opportunity to show it again tomorrow and what you want is 100 per cent commitment from the players in an intelligent way. Football is football, you cannot absolutely predict everything and that’s why it’s great.”