Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has claimed that their draw against Arsenal in the Champions League is the most difficult they could have got.
The former Man City man knows the Gunners well from his time in England and, of course, last season’s set-to between the clubs, and he told the official Bayern site: “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.”
Bayern director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also keen to point out the difficulty of the draw as the German side look to defend their European crown.
“There were more manageable and easier opponents in the hat, but we can’t change it,” he said. “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.”
Brazilian defender Dante (alas not he of the ‘Inferno’) added: “It’s a very, very difficult game. We must maintain concentration in both legs. Arsenal have bought a couple of world class players and are stronger than last season. It’s the top team in England against the leaders in Germany, there are no favourites.”14,747 views