Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes wary of Arsenal making a comeback
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has warned his men against complacent form before their trip to the Emirates on Wednesday. The Bundesliga leaders won the first-leg of the Round of 16 battle against Arsenal with a 3-1 scoreline at Allianz Arena, yet Jupp Heynckes is concerned about an upset in London.
Barcelona recorded a superb comeback at Nou Camp last night following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan at San Siro. The Catalan football giants were abysmal at best against AC Milan at the San Siro. Interestingly, the performances switched at Camp Nou, where Barcelona scored four goals and kept clean-sheet to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Jupp Heynckes and Co. are expected to record another victory over Arsenal, but since the London outfit is playing at home they will have the advantage. In his pre-match press conference, Jupp Heynckes confessed he had a lot of respect for Arsenal, yet believed in his team’s ability to win the game.
“We played excellent in the first leg. I know by experience you have to give 100% all the time in this competition,” Jupp Heynckes said. “This is the Champions League, and Arsenal is not just any club. I know and respect [Arsene] Wenger. And I know, Arsenal will try everything.”
Jupp Heynckes reminisced about how Arsenal almost kicked out AC Milan from the Champions League after going down 4-0 at the San Siro. Arsenal came within whiskers of completing a memorable comeback at the Emirates, but in the end they were a goal shy of taking the match into extra-time.
“Arsenal lost 4-0 to Milan in the first leg and won the return leg 3-0,” Jupp Heynckes added. “Based on chances it should have ended 4-0.”
Bayern Munich will be playing without their French left winger Franck Ribery, who has been rested because of a minor ligament injury. Jupp Heynckes confirmed Franck Ribery will return to training soon, but would miss the second-leg against Arsenal.
“Right after the game on Saturday, I knew he most likely would not play. He stretched ligaments,” Jupp Heynckes said. “It is not a major injury. He should return to training on Thursday and we will take from there. We will not risk anything.”
Bayern Munich will also be without the services of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng, both of whom have been suspended. Nonetheless, Jupp Heynckes believes the depth of his squad is strong enough to ensure a good performance against Arsenal.
“With Luiz Gustavo, Javi Martinez and Toni Kroos we have three very different players that match well,” Jupp Heynckes said.