German issues warning ahead of Arsenal clash
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has warned his side that Arsenal could still launch a comeback in their Champions League last 16 clash.
The two clubs meet in the second leg of the tie at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, and the Bundesliga leaders take a commanding 3-1 lead into the match.
Kroos scored at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg, and is expected to be a key part of Jupp Heynckes’ side again.
However, Bayern will be without the injured Franck Ribery, while other key players Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng are suspended.
Those could potentially be major blows for the home side, although it appears unlikely the Gunners could triumph in the tie as they would need to score at least three times to stand any chance.
German midfielder Kroos, though, is refusing to take Arsene Wenger’s side lightly, and has warned his team-mates against complacency.
He said, as reported by Metro: “We should not be talking about the draw for the quarter-finals yet.
“We have the return against Arsenal first. We will have to secure progress before we can think about the outcome of the draw.
“We have to be focused and cannot afford to underestimate Arsenal. They are a top team, as we all saw in the first leg.
“We have to put in another sovereign performance.
“So far strong teams such as Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus have qualified [for the quarter-finals], so we will face a difficult opponent either way.”
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer added: “We continue to give our all, also in the Champions League match versus Arsenal.
“We will approach the game with the right attitude again and want to emerge victorious. I hope we can keep a clean sheet this time.”
Bayern have been stung by Champions League heartbreak in the past by English sides.
Manchester United came from 1-0 behind in the final of 1999 to score twice in second-half stoppage time and snatch the trophy.
Last season, Chelsea also beat the Bavarian giants in their own back yard in the final, scoring an 88th-minute equaliser and then winning on penalties.