Well it was the worst possible outcome in this morning’s Champions League draw. We got last seasons winners Bayern Munich for the second consecutive year in the same round. Unfortunately we didn’t progress further courtesy of the away goals rule.
And while many of us will be dreading going up against arguably Europe’s finest team, Bayern defender Jerome Boateng, as well as the club’s director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, believes they couldn’t have got a tougher draw.
The former Manchester City centre-back was quoted as saying:
‘They’re the toughest opponents we could have had. They’ll be totally up for it after what happened last year. Both matches will be very intense.’
Rummenigge said on the draw:
‘There were more manageable and easier opponents in the hat, but we can’t change it.
‘We know we have to approach Arsenal with great respect, and that’s what we’ll do.
‘We’ll have to turn in two very good performances.’
I don’t see any reason why we can’t get by Bayern this season. We have a better squad unity and we are playing some great football so far. And if Arsene Wenger manages to snap up one or two players to strengthen certain areas of the squad then we could well turn over Bayern this time around. In addition, by the time we play Bayern, players could have been sold, bought or picked up injuries, so anything is possible at this stage.
Make no mistake, it won’t be a walk in the park, Bayern are, in my opinion, the best side in the world right now and we will have to be on top of our game if we want to make the quarter-finals of the competition.
Can’t wait for the first-leg.