Eidevall says Arsenal should not fear Bayern Munich’s solid home record
JONAS EIDEVALL insists Arsenal must not fear Bayern Munich’s formidable home form in their Champions League duel.
The head coach, 40, feels the Gunners are in ‘a good place’ following recent wins including their Conti Cup triumph against Chelsea.
Tuesday evening sees Arsenal back in action in Europe when they visit Bayern in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.
The German side have been in scintillating form with 12 wins from their last 13 matches across all competitions.
Results include a 3-1 group stage home defeat of Barcelona last December.
The Gunners chief said: “Our performance against Liverpool and Reading has shown that we’re a team in a good place right now.
“With the preparation here for Bayern Munich and the preparation lately, I have had a feeling of sharing less information with the players because I’m more assured that we know what to do in those situations.
“Let’s hope that it’s a good sign or not sign a false security, but I choose to believe in the first.”
On Saturday Eidevall watched Bayern in action in Germany’s top tier when the team visited Koln who are second from bottom.
Alexander Straus’s aces thrashed their opponents 5-0 with all their goals scored in the first half and winger Klara Buhl netting twice in 15 minutes.
Eidevall, whose side whose side clinched an away win and draw against Lyon and Juventus, added: “They were very dominant and they won very well deservedly.
“It’s never easy to be that dominant against an opponent so we know we’re going to play against a good team, but we’re also a good team.
“There are a lot of similarities in the way that both teams play so I think it’s an exciting match-up from that perspective as well.
“We have respect for that (in terms of Bayern’s home record) but we shouldn’t fear it.
“We’ve been playing teams that have had great home records this season in the Champions League to be fair.
“Lyon and Juventus, are two teams that have excellent home records in the Champions League.
“We managed to draw in Turin and we won against Lyon.”
Arsenal’s duel with Bayern at the Allianz Arena comes four days after the club sealed a surprise swoop for Jodie Taylor.
The veteran striker has joined the WSL side until the end of this season following her spell as a Gunner from March 2016 to November 2017.
The club have also triggered their option to extend Manuela Zinsberger’s contract.
The goalkeeper, 27, who joined the club in 2019 after a five-year Bayern spell, will remain with the side until the end of next season.
The Gunners hope to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since March 2013.
Triumph in the tournament would see them become the first English club to win the trophy twice.
The Austria shot stopper said: “If we could win the Champions League, it would mean the world.
“I guess I would be speechless and just happy.”
Source: The Sun
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